You Are the Coach in This New Streaming US Football League

Leslie Ignacio

Leslie Ignacio is dot.LA's editorial intern. She is a recent California State University, Northridge graduate and previously worked for El Nuevo Sol, Telemundo and NBC and was named a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2019. As a bilingual journalist, she focuses on covering diversity in news. She's a Los Angeles native who enjoys trips to Disneyland in her free time.

You Are the Coach in This New Streaming US Football League

Fan Controlled Football does what it says: It lets those in the virtual bleachers have more control of the game.

Backed by high-profile investors including rapper Quavo of Migos and former boxer Mike Tyson, the latest esports league announced it will launch live-streamed games over a six-week on Twitch this February.


"Every sports fan ever has wanted a different call," said co-founder and CGO, Patrick Dees. "Everybody's screamed at their television, I don't know anybody who hasn't. So they get a chance to actually change that and be part of it. It really talks about how you would have called a better game and you get a choice and a chance to prove that out."

FCF announced their next season, along with a Series A raise for an undisclosed amount backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Verizon Ventures among others.Co-founder of sports website Bleacher Report Dave Finocchio joined Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian investing.

Quavo Joins Fan Controlled Football as New Team Owner | FCFwww.youtube.com

FCF is the latest esports startup to sprout up as interactive video games and the pandemic remakes sports. The company pitches itself as a professional league. And Fan Controlled Football lets fans control the names, colors and logos of their teams.

Owners and managers that are "personalities in the sports world" will partner up to lead four teams. Fans can now register on their website to sign up alongside their favorite team owner to help build the group up through the pre-season.

"FCF is breaking new ground by giving fans the ability to literally be a part of the game, and we're thrilled to partner with the league for what will be a defining moment not just in football but for the sports industry at large," said Twitch SVP of Content Michael Aragon in the announcement.

The idea has been sitting in the four founders' minds for a few years now, but has now attracted the attention of big names including ,NFL Super Bowl Champions Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch,, Greg Miller from Kinda Funny and content creators from Twitch's community, as well as Tyson and Quavo.

Twitch has already secured rights to livestream the first two seasons of Fan Controlled Football. The season will consist of one playoff week, four regular season weeks, and one championship week. Each game will be 60 minutes long.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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Body Complete Rx Founder Samia Gore On How She Turned Her Fitness Journey Into a Multi-Million Dollar Company

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

Body Complete Rx Founder Samia Gore
Courtesy of Behind Her Empire, Samia Gore

Samia Gore was a mother of four when she decided to take a shot at starting her own business.

On this episode of the Behind Her Empire podcast, the Body Complete Rx founder discusses how her personal journey with health and fitness became the catalyst for a booming business.

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