Picture Credit: WYLDE

The eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist and world-record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt has announced his co-ownership stake in the Irish esports team WYLDE. The Jamaican made this announcement on his Twitter page along with a brief announcement video. In the video, Bolt proclaimed, "I am Usain Bolt and WYLDE is my team. I never start something unless I plan to win."

WYLDE Esports was formed two years ago by Stephen Daly who is the former leader of the American Ireland Fund and David Cronin, a former JP Morgan banker. The organisation’s website states that they are a global brand with headquarters in Ireland, deep roots in the Caribbean and representing winning teams with professional players across France, Germany, the UK, The Netherlands, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain and many more.

David Cronin, Co-founder of WYLDE, added: “Usain coming on board takes WYLDE to the next level. With his vast competitive experience and Olympic-winning mentality, his guidance will be invaluable as we continue to build professional structures to support the development of our players.”

Watch the video here:

In the video posted on Twitter, Usain Bolt talks about how he has been a gamer all his life and has been aware of the growth of the gaming community. He said, “With me and the Caribbean and my partners in Ireland, WYLDE was born global. I've been a gamer all my life. It's a big community, and it's just getting bigger. Esports has become so big that people are making a job out of it. If you're very competitive, gaming's for you, trust me. It's like track and field. I have to work hard. I have to make sure I stay on top of things, so it's the same thing esports and gaming.”

In the press release published by the Organization, Bolt is quoted saying, “WYLDE is on a journey to becoming one of the biggest brands in the fastest growing sport in the world. In esports, like in track & field, it’s critical to have that competitive, winning mentality. I look forward to working with the WYLDE leadership team to help our players to reach their potential, while also taking care of their physical and mental well-being.”