Brett Diamond was named chief operating officer of Version1 when the professional esports organization was founded in July 2019. He leads the business and day-to-day operations from its headquarters in Minnesota. Under his leadership the organization entered the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League (CDL) with its team, Minnesota Røkkr, established two new brands in Røkkr and parent company, Version1, and hosted Call of Duty League Launch Weekend at the Minneapolis Armory in January 2020, the first in-person event in the history of CDL and the first major esports event in Minnesota. Version1 entered Rocket League in August 2020 and Valorant in February 2021. It established its second Valorant team — VersionX, an all-women’s roster — in September 2021. Version1’s competitive highlights include qualifying for Valorant’s first international LAN in Iceland where they participated in the first ever North America vs. Europe match, Røkkr winning the Call of Duty League Stage 5 Major and Version1 Rocket League finishing in the top six in the world at the international 2022 Winter Major. Outside of competition, in 2021 Version1 established relationships with the non-profit Cxmmunity and Boys & Girls Club Twin Cities as part of its ongoing effort to increase accessibility and diversity in gaming and esports.
Before joining Version1, Diamond spent three years with the Minnesota Vikings, most recently as director of partnership strategy and 11 seasons in the National Football League’s events department. While working in various roles on both the operations and business sides of the NFL’s major events, he was involved in planning 13 Super Bowls and served as the event director for the Pro Bowl for two years. From 2010–2016, he worked as a liaison from the NFL to communities bidding to host the Super Bowl and other major NFL events.