National Basketball Association (NBA) team the Philadelphia 76ers has acquired controlling stakes in eSports franchises Team Dignitas and Team Apex, with the pair to be merged into one enlarged entity.

The combined teams will play under the Team Dignitas banner, combining Apex’s League of Legends team with other games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Smite.

The acquisition marks the first time a North American sports franchise has acquired an eSports team. The Sixers plans to use its business experience and resources to establish an infrastructure around Team Dignitas to set it up for future growth.

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