Jason Lake Buys Back Complexity

BY Andrew Miesner / March 1, 2024

FRISCO, TX / ACCESSWIRE / March 1, 2024 / GameSquare Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:GAME)(TSX.V:GAME), (“GameSquare”, or the “Company”), today announced that it has sold its esports team NextGen Tech, LLC d/b/a Complexity Gaming (“Complexity”) to Global Esports Properties, LLC (“Global Esports”), an investor group led by Complexity’s founder and CEO Jason Lake for total consideration of US$10.36 million. GameSquare and Complexity signed a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement dated as of March 1, 2024, and the transaction is anticipated to close shortly upon the satisfaction of a closing condition to receive TSXV approval for the transaction.

“Complexity is a leading esports organization that has experienced tremendous growth under GameSquare’s ownership, with annual sales increasing over 175% and a 10x increase in the number of aggregate social followers from 2021 to 2022. While it is bittersweet to sell Complexity, there is no one better suited to take over than Jason and his team,” says GameSquare CEO Justin Kenna. “The Complexity transaction follows the December 2023 sale of our Frankly radio assets, as we continue to optimize our platform ahead of the pending acquisition of FaZe. Once the acquisition with FaZe closes, which is expected in the coming weeks, we are excited to get to work replicating the success we achieved with Complexity at FaZe. We believe this is a win/win for Complexity, Global Esports, GameSquare and the global esports leagues where Complexity and FaZe compete, as many leagues have rules around ownership of multiple teams. We look forward to rooting for Complexity and finding ways to continue to work with Jason and his team.”

“This is an epic moment in the history of Complexity and we’re grateful for this exciting opportunity,” says Complexity founder and CEO Jason Lake. “I’d like to thank the Jones and Goff families and everyone at GameSquare for our years of successful collaboration. Together we’ve significantly grown Complexity’s revenues and built a financially stable organization. It’s now time to write the next chapter in our legendary story and I’m confident our loyal fans will greatly enjoy the years ahead.”

Under the terms of the Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, Global Esports has agreed to pay GameSquare an aggregate of approximately US$10.36 million for Complexity’s assets and intellectual property including Complexity’s esports team. Global Esports will pay GameSquare US$0.75 million upon closing of the transaction. In addition, GameSquare and Global Esports have entered into a 3-year seller financed note of approximately US$9.61 million, which accrues annual interest of 3.0% to be paid to GameSquare in a balloon payment at the end of the term. GameSquare will also have the right to receive 50% of the proceeds from any equity raised by Global Esports in excess of US$500,000 that will be credited against the outstanding principal balance of the seller financed note.

As announced on January 2, 2024, GameSquare entered into a principal US$5.8 million convertible note (the “Convertible Debenture”). The Convertible Debenture is convertible at the holder’s option into common shares of GameSquare at a price of US$5.00 per share. As requested by the TSX Venture Exchange, GameSquare confirms that the anti-dilution provisions in the Convertible Debenture are subject to a US$3.00 floor price.

About GameSquare Holdings, Inc.

GameSquare Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:GAME | TSXV:GAME) is a vertically integrated, digital media, entertainment and technology company that connects global brands with gaming and youth culture audiences. GameSquare’s end-to-end platform includes GCN, a digital media company focused on gaming and esports audiences, Cut+Sew (Zoned), a gaming and lifestyle marketing agency, USA, Code Red Esports Ltd., a UK based esports talent agency, Fourth Frame Studios, a creative production studio, Mission Supply, a merchandise and consumer products business, Frankly Media, programmatic advertising, Stream Hatchet, live streaming analytics, and Sideqik a social influencer marketing platform. Through the pending merger with FaZe Holdings, GameSquare will also operate one of the most prominent and influential gaming organizations in the world.

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Original Press Release: https://www.accesswire.com/837998/gamesquare-announces-sale-of-complexity-gaming-to-jason-lake-and-global-esports-properties-for-us975-million