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Twitch streamer Pokimane sorta co-owns the biggest fighting game tournament in the world now

Imane “Pokimane” Anys, one of Twitch’s most successful streamers, announced on Wednesday that she’s the co-founder and chief creative officer of RTS, a “talent management and brand consulting firm” for gaming creators. Buried in the announcement is the weirder, more interesting detail that RTS is the very same company that purchased the beloved fighting game tournament EVO with Sony earlier this year.

The RTS website describes EVO as “jointly operated by Sony & RTS,” and says “the premier event brings together all elements of the FGC in an annual celebration of the community and competition.” RTS itself is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a giant talent agency company that has expanded to running events and financing TV and films. In the last decade Endeavor has purchased Miss Universe and UFC, so the push into esports doesn’t seem so out of place.

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