One of the most popular figures in the world of football and esports, Antoine Griezmann is an out-and-out cultural icon in the spaces he occupies. His successes on the pitch have fully translated to the gaming sphere where he became one of the most popular Fortnite and FIFA players in the world.
Griezmann has enjoyed the crossover into the gaming world so much that he and his brother, Theo, started up their own esports team in 2020. The team, Grizi esports, was started in collaboration with the French football club Olympique de Marseille.
It has been a tumultuous two years since the esports team was first created, and the Griezmann brothers now face an important decision-making period.
Antoine Griezmann shuts down Grizi esports
A recent announcement from the official team Twitter account stated that Antoine and Theo Griezmann will temporarily put a stop to their esports team. The decision comes in wake of a number of Grizi esports players reaching the end of their contracts, as a result of which the founders deemed it was "wiser to for us to take a break in our activity in order to reflect on the future of the organization.”
Further reports have surfaced that various esport events had been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a decrease in sponsorship revenue. There is also speculation that the Grizi esports team also missed out on adding key FIFA players to their roster in September.
It will be worth monitoring the situation if the Griezmann brothers are perhaps planning to join on as ambassadors at another esports team. Or if this is indeed the end of Antoine and Theo Griezmann in the world of esports.