The Washington Justice™ proudly represents the entire Capital Region from Baltimore to Richmond in the Overwatch League. Washington Esports Ventures, led by DC-based entrepreneur Mark Ein, announced their investment in September 2018 as part of Activision Blizzard's global League expansion.
Washington Justice’s official team colors are red, white, and blue and the logo is composed of a shield banded in red and white stripes. The bottom of the shield forms a subtle “W” in tribute to the region, centered on the Washington Monument. The shield is crowned with a single white star in a blue setting as an ode to the American flag, our capital city, and as a symbol of unity.
The announced members of the Justice management and coaching staff include:
Kate Mitchell, Assistant General Manager of Washington Esports Ventures
Hyeong-seok "WizardHyeong" Kim, Head Coach
Kyoung Ey Molly "AVALLA" Kim, Assistant Coach
Mark “Obasill” Regush
Mikael “mkL” Skjønhaug
Canaan “Shrugger” Carman
Fittingly, the Washington Justice coaching staff reflects the Capital Region’s diverse character, strong work ethic, and commitment to excellence. The staff and players come from five different countries, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and South Korea. The team is home to two trailblazing role models for women in the esports community: Kate Mitchell has been a tireless leader in Overwatch grassroots esports, building and leading organizations to competitive success; similarly, Molly “AVALLA” Kim has built a reputation for her deeply analytic coaching style in Overwatch Contenders, leading to her becoming the first female coach in the Overwatch League. They are joined by a player-coach duo that helped the New York Excelsior to finish with a league-best 34-6 record, becoming the only team to make the finals of all four stages of the season, winning two: head coach and widely-renowned teacher of the game Hyeong-seok “WizardHyeong” Kim, and main tank player and fan-favorite Joon-hwa "Janus" Song. Together, they are building a team that intends to compete with the best across the league.
The Overwatch League
The Overwatch League is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams in Asia, Europe, and North America. Created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard), Overwatch is one of the most popular esports games in the world with more than 40 million players globally, including nearly one million players in the capital region. In its inaugural season, the Overwatch League drew more than 10 million viewers in its first week and fans spent 160 million hours watching the best Overwatch players in the world compete throughout the season. The League has also secured high profile broadcasting agreements, including a two-year deal with Twitch – a live streaming video platform owned by Amazon – and a separate agreement with ESPN and Disney XD. The Overwatch League was ESPN's first live broadcast of esports in prime time, solidifying the league as an esports heavyweight.
Washington Esports Ventures
Washington Esports Ventures was founded to purchase an Overwatch League Team and build other esports teams that will represent the thriving Capital Region incorporating all of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia—from Baltimore to Richmond. The Company is led by Mark Ein, a Washington-area businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, sports team owner, and native Washingtonian. Mark and his ownership group believe in the power of sports as a platform to inspire people and bring communities together. The Company's esports assets, including the Overwatch League team, will be part of Mr. Ein's existing sports platform that owns the Washington Kastles, one of the most successful teams in the 45-year history of World TeamTennis, embraced by the Capital Region since its founding in 2008. Joining Mr. Ein as investors and board members are Artist Capital Management, a New York-based growth equity firm as the lead financial partner and Dyson Dryden, Mr. Ein's business partner and a Baltimore native. Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, is an anchor supporter of the team. Additional investors and corporate sponsors will be announced soon.
Mark D. Ein is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Venturehouse Group, LLC and Capitol Investment Corp IV. He is an investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, who has created, acquired, invested in, and built a series of growth companies across a diverse set of industries over the course of his 25-year career. During this time, Mr. Ein has been involved in the founding or early stages of six companies that have been worth over one billion dollars and has led over $1.5 billion of private equity, venture capital, and public company investments. Among the current majority-owned companies in the portfolios are Kastle Systems, LLC, the country's leading provider of building and office security systems acquired in January 2007. Mr. Ein currently serves as Chairman of the Boards of Kastle, Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND), Capitol Investment Corp IV (NYSE:CIC), VSGi, Inc., and is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Cision Ltd. (NYSE:CISN) and Soho House UK Ltd.
Mr. Ein, a native of the Washington area, is also the founder and owner of the Washington Kastles World TeamTennis (WTT) franchise that has won the league championship six of its eleven years since its founding. The Kastles also set the record for the longest winning streak in US pro team sports history, winning 34 straight matches from 2011 through 2013.
A native of the Washington area, he actively supports many community, charitable, and cultural organizations. Mr. Ein currently serves on the boards of the DC Public Education Fund (raising $120 million of philanthropic support for DC Public Schools since he became Chairman in 2010), DC College Access Program, DC Policy Center (co-founder), the United States Tennis Association (where he is a Vice President of the Board), and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He has won numerous awards including induction into the Washington Business Hall of Fame, Washington DC Business Leader of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson Award (the nation's highest honor for public service), Washington Business Journal Top Corporation for Philanthropy by Giving in Small Companies, Washington Business Journal Power 100, and Entrepreneur of the Year Awards from Ernst and Young and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In September 2009, Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty presented Mr. Ein with the Key to the City, highlighting not only his Washington Kastles success on the court, "but for their commitment to the District's communities and our youth."
Prior to starting his firm, Mr. Ein worked for The Carlyle Group, Brentwood Associates and Goldman Sachs. He received his BS in Economics with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from The Harvard Business School. For more about Mr. Ein, visit www.capinvestment.com.