It appears as though the Boston Uprising are under some new management. On Wednesday December 15, Oxygen Esports announced a brand new partnership with the Kraft Sports and Entertainment group. In the press release, OXG revealed that they would be leading the operations for the Boston Uprising, as well as a brand new Boston Call of Duty League franchise. The news of the partnership comes after a report from Kevin Hitt with The Esport Observer noting that Kraft and company were planning on buying a CDL spot for 2022.
We are joining forces with the @BostonUprising and welcoming Kraft Sports & Entertainment to the OXG family to establish New England as a global leader in esports.
— Oxygen Esports (@OXG_Esports) December 15, 2021
Since its creation, the Boston Uprising have been owned and operated by the Kraft Group. Under the Kraft Group, the Uprising have struggled to string together back to back successful seasons in the Overwatch League. This offseason Boston made several key pickups in hopes to right the ship in 2022. The Uprising welcomed back 2020 OWL Championship MVP Striker, added stand-out flex-support Crimzo and signed veteran main tank Marve1 in order to prepare for a season that will introduce Overwatch 2.
Oxygen Esports was established in 2020 looking to become New England’s premier esports organization. OXG has its headquarters in Foxboro, Massachusetts – the same hometown of Gillette Stadium and the Kraft-owned New England Patriots and New England Revolution. Oxygen Esports boasts some notable investors, like former Boston Celtic Danny Ainge as well as former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski. OXG has had players in multiple different esports previously, including Rainbow Six: Siege, VALORANT and Rocket League.
The Boston Uprising will still be lead by General Manager Chris “Huk” Loranger, and OXG has mentioned there is no intention to change the team roster before the 2022 season.
Featured image courtesy of Oxygen Esports
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