Esports has again, kicked up the notch with NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers owners picking up teams Dignitas and Apex to become the very first North American sports team that has acquired an esports team.

“The eSports industry is primed for incredible growth and we are thrilled to become an owner of such a storied franchise as Team Dignitas.” said Philadelphia 76ers Managing General Partner Josh Harris.

“There is a tremendous opportunity to leverage the infrastructure, resources and experience of the Sixers organization to support these exciting teams as they continue to compete at the highest levels across multiple games. We see our entrance into eSports as a natural extension of our expanding interests in traditional sports and entertainment and are confident that our involvement will accelerate the already rapid pace of growth in eSports as a whole.”

Both team Dignitas and Apex will be combined under the one banner which will field five teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and SMITE.

This is a huge move for the esports scene with competitive gaming rising up in popularity even further with mainstream recognition. Read the full announcement here.

Photo credit: Team Dignitas