Ophir Lupu has left UTA after over 10 years as the agency’s partner and head of video games.
The separation is said to have been amicable. Upon reaching diversity, Lupu declined to comment. He is expected to pursue other business opportunities in the rapidly growing gaming sector. Lupu made UTA a prominent player in the video game space and he is highly respected by his peers for his strategic direction and entrepreneurial skills.
Lupu joined UTA in 2011 from CAA. He has represented top gaming clients such as Ken Levine, who ran BioShock and BioShock Infinite for publisher 2K Games, as well as international developers such as Nyamakop, the South African studio known for Semblance. ”
Lupu also brought UTA’s existing talent into the gaming space after helping Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland found Squanch Games. This company published Trover Saves the Universe in 2019 and has the first-person shooter High on Life for Xbox consoles in October.
In addition to representing game studios, Lupu also helped raise capital and negotiate M&A deals for gaming companies, and assisted Don’t Starve developer Klei Entertainment in selling a majority stake to Tencent in 2021.
Lupu’s other investments for UTA included esports organization Cloud9, which has featured heavily in League of Legends competitions. In 2018, Lupu expanded UTA’s esports presence through the acquisitions of Press X and Everyday Influencers, adding 90 professional esports athletes and livestreaming personalities to the UTA portfolio.
UTA hasn’t slowed down its push into gaming. In December 2021, UTA formed a new $230 million SPAC, UTA Acquisition Corp., with the goal of pursuing further acquisitions of companies in the gaming space and appointed former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé its chairman. Before leaving, Lupu was President of SPAC.
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