Simplicity Esports, a team owned by Memphis Grizzlies, Swansea​ City, and Jed Kaplan, announced Monday via Twitter that it has acquired the Overwatch Contenders spot previously belonging to FNRGFE.


In a ​press release accompanying the announcement, three members of the team provided their thoughts on the importance and value of Overwatch Contenders, and Simplicity's place within it.

"Joining the Overwatch Contenders League is a natural fit for Simplicity," wrote Jed Kaplan. "We intend to bring our knowledge and passion to the Overwatch Contenders League and develop players to reach their maximum potential."


Director of Gaming Travis Greene wrote "To me, this is the next essential step in our vision. The growth of Contenders is unparalleled to any other development leagues inside of the space."

According to a ​post by Jacob Wolf of ESPN, FNRGFE was forced to sell its Contenders slot when the majority of its players were picked up by the Houston Outlaws.


Simplicity was founded in January and currently owns teams in both Fortnite and Heroes of the Storm. It has yet to announce a roster for the upcoming Contenders season.


Cover photo courtesy of ​Simplicity Esports