Former CFL commissioner now head of eSports organization
Jeffrey Orridge has been tapped as the chair of Tiidal Gaming
A sports executive who once was a commissioner for the Canadian Football League (CFL) is now transitioning into eSports. Jeffrey Orridge has been chosen as the chairman of Canada-based Tiidal Gaming, an eSports company and owner of Lazarus Esports.
Orridge is taking over for Chris Overholt, who left as the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee last September in order to become the president and CEO of OverActive Media. OverActive owns, among others, the Toronto Defiant of the Overwatch League.
The executive’s placement will play a “pivotal role in stewarding Tiidal Gaming by bringing the best practices of traditional sports and entertainment into the gaming and esports space while providing strategic and analytical guidance to the company.”
Orridge states of his appointment, “I look forward to bringing my playbook to help Tiidal Gaming become a global leader in this burgeoning industry.”
The CEO of Tiidal Gaming, Charlie Watson, states, “It’s just really the way that he thinks and how he handles himself, how professional he is. It’s just the way that he can help us apply best practices in traditional sports and entertainment and bridge that into gaming and esports into our space — really aligned with his strategic and analytical guidance. Jeff is a tremendous asset to our company moving forward. I’m really excited about working with him.”
Lazarus Esports has its roots as one of the oldest eSports organizations in Canada. It began as SetToDestroyX, the first eSports group in the country when it was founded in 2010. It now has 50 gamers from 11 countries under contract who participate in PUBG, Fortnite, Madden, Forzen Brawlhalla and Guns of Boom tournaments.