NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CLG announced today that Jonathon McDaniel has been named general manager for the organization’s League of Legends team. McDaniel most recently served as the assistant general manager of the Golden Guardians. While with the Golden Guardians, McDaniel was charged with finding and developing talented League of Legends players who would embark on successful professional careers.
“Jonathon has had a great career in the League of Legends space, from scouting to coaching, and ultimately leading to jobs in the front office,” said Greg Kim, head of CLG. “I’ve always admired his work and I’m excited to have him take this next step of leading CLG’s League of Legends program back to the ultimate goal of competing for championships.”
“When I started as a fan of League of Legends in 2011, there were many legacy organizations that I was able to watch grow from humble beginnings, with CLG being one of those marquee franchises,” said McDaniel. “All these years later, I’m honored to join CLG and my goal is to build a League of Legends program that our fans can look forward to growing year over year and make them proud.”
In his esports career, Jonathon has worked in a variety of roles with Cloud9 and Golden Guardians, with a stellar track record in the scouting, development, and management of League of Legends athletes. He is also a proactive thought leader in the space, having worked closely with Riot Games on several league issues, including the LCS playoff format changes, creation of the Lock-In Tournament, the amateur talent pipeline in North America. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology from University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
About Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (MSG Sports) is a leading professional sports company, with a collection of assets that includes: the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL); two development league teams – the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, an NBA 2K League franchise. MSG Sports also operates two professional sports team performance centers – the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, NY and the CLG Performance Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information is available at www.msgsports.com.
CLG is a top tier North American esports organization respected for its championship legacy and passionate fanbase. CLG was founded originally in 2010 as a League of Legends team by George Georgallidis, with the intent of pushing the boundaries of esports and creating a thriving community around it. CLG is now one of the largest esports organizations in the world. CLG fields teams in all leading esports titles: League of Legends, Fortnite, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Apex Legends, Valorant, and Super Smash Bros. In 2017, CLG partnered with The Madison Square Garden Company (now Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.), allowing CLG to further disrupt and cement its legacy in esports history. CLG has won multiple championships throughout its history, most notable are the LCS Summer 2015 Championship at Madison Square Garden, the LCS Spring 2016 Championship at Mandalay Bay; and the Halo 2016 World Championship in Hollywood, California. More information is available at www.clg.gg
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