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Alibaba Co-Founder Tsai Investing In Esports Franchise G2

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Alibaba Co-Founder Tsai Investing In Esports Franchise G2

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) co-founder Joe Tsai is buying a minority stake in German-based esports franchise G2 Esports.

Tsai, who also owns the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center, will invest $10 million in the team, according to a Tuesday report by Bloomberg. G2 appeared to confirm the report, by disseminating it on Twitter.

Berlin-based G2 plans to use the money to expand in Asia, the report said.

Forbes reported that G2 said it would also open a New York office early next year.

G2 has previously raised money from other investors and investment groups, including Everblue Management and Seal Rock Partners. Forbes values the company at $165 million, up more than 50% from last year and putting it at the No. 9 esports company in the world, the magazine reported Tuesday.

Forbes puts Taiwan-born Tsai's net worth at $10.8 billion.

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