L.A. rapper/producer Ty Dolla $ign‘s (real name Tyrone Griffin) bus was pulled over by Wisconsin Police for supposed vehicle equipment violation early Wednesday morning. After smelling strong odors of marijuana coming from the bus, officers decided to conduct a roadside investigation of the bus. Dane County Sheriff’s K-9’s alerted officers to several suspect locations on the bus, which led to the seizure of 42.2 grams of marijuana, which included 18.2 grams of butane hash oil, and 28 pieces of paraphernalia.According to reports, twelve people were on the bus, with seven of those being arrested on various charges, including suspicion of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. We have a feeling Ty wasn’t feeling very “Irie” after this early morning encounter with police.Ty’s representative claims that the rapper was not on the bus, as he was taking the easier route by plane to his Iowa gig, maintaining that it was his band and entourage on the bus, though authorities claim they arrested someone going by the name Ty Dolla $ign. Will we ever know if it was Ty on the bus? This story is shrouded in mystery (or pot smoke).[via Channel3000]
This week in esports has proven that the industry still has pulling power when it comes to bringing in major non-endemic companies. Energy company Shell, athletic brand Puma, and collectibles company Panini have all entered esports in the last few days!We have a twice-weekly newsletter that informs you of every significant happening in the business and industry side of esports, feel free to subscribe here.LEC enters partnership with energy company ShellRiot Games has brought in energy giant Shell as a partner of its newly-franchised European competition, LEC.Shell will power the Baron Power Play segment of the LEC broadcast and it will offer XP incentives for German fans. The British-Dutch oil and gas company will also act as the main partner of the 2019 DACH Premier Tour.Read the full article here.Cloud9’s LCS team finds apparel partner in PumaNorth American organisation Cloud9 has partnered with Puma, marking the German athletic apparel company’s first venture into esports.The deal specifically involves Cloud9’s LCS team and is expected to last the duration of the Spring Split. Puma will provide trousers and trainers on match days, as well as occupying a spot on the team’s jersey.Read the full article here.Mercedes-Benz and FC Köln purchase stake in SK GamingESforce has agreed to sell 67% of its stake in German organisation SK Gaming to FC Köln and Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz).Mercedes-Benz will appear on the front of the organisation’s jersey, while the German football club will have its #effzeh branding located on the sleeves.Read the full article here.Panini enters esports through compLexity Gaming partnershipSticker and trading card company Panini has entered esports through a partnership with North American organisation compLexity Gaming.The one-year deal is partially seen as compLexity helping Panini enter esports in an efficient and natural way – it’ll also result in trading cards and posters being made for the organisation.Read the full article here.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube
Bob Mills and Perry Groves joined Colin Murray in the studio for Friday’s show.