Streamer Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter has become a co-owner of the esports gaming organization 100 Thieves, alongside fellow new co-owner Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, the group announced Wednesday.
“Looking back, I just feel like it’s been such a long journey,” Hofstetter said in a video put out by 100 Thieves.
“And now being, not just a co-owner, but a female co-owner, like how did this even happen! It just feels like everything just played out so unbelievably well. I feel very lucky and very fortunate to be in this position. I’m also very grateful because I feel I can be a very good role model, not just to our community but to females as well.”
Happy to announce that I am officially a co-owner of 100 Thieves!
Its been almost 3 years since I joined the team and I would have never expected this path to lead to this..
I’m proud to be one of the first women co-owners in esports and beyond excited for our future together! pic.twitter.com/hb5uxI8rea
— rae (@Valkyrae) April 7, 2021
Hofstetter joined 100 Thieves as its first female content creator in 2018, following her rising popularity as a YouTube and Twitch creator. Valkyrae was also the recipient of the 2020 Gamer Awards “Content Creator of the Year” award.
100 Thieves was founded in 2017 by Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, a former OpTic Gaming Call of Duty captain and X Games gold medalist. After Haag retired from professional play, he founded the 100 Thieves business, which employs several professional esports teams across various games. Teams under the 100 Thieves banner quickly went on to win multiple esports championships in games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and League of Legends.
The brand now boasts sponsorships and partnerships with the likes of hip-hop artist Drake, CashApp, Red Bull, and others.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.