Forbes: businessman associated with betting became the new owner of NAVI in 2020
In 2020, NAVI non-publicly changed its owner to businessman Maksym Krippa, who is associated with betting and online casinos, as reported in an investigation by the Ukrainian edition of the Forbes business magazine.
According to the documents studied by the journalists, the owner change deal took place on July 12 this year. Two unnamed esports executives said that Krippa replaced the club's previous owner, Oleksandr Kokhanovskiy, two years ago.
Forbes reports that the new owner of the Ukrainian organization is associated with the betting company GGbet and online casino Vulkan. The authors learned about this from several sources related to the esports industry.
Forbes interlocutors also said that in 2020, NAVI specifically changed its title partner from GGbet to 1xBet in order to make it appear that it had nothing to do with the company that belongs to the owner. 1xBet was the club's sponsor for only one year, after which GGbet returned to the main partner role.
The authors of the investigation contacted Krippa, GGbet and the current CEO of NAVI Evgeniy Zolotarev for comment, yet did not receive a response. In turn, Kokhanovskiy said that he is not involved in the club's decision-making and advised him to contact Zolotarev.
NAVI is one of the most successful and popular esports organizations in the world. Since its inception in 2009, the Ukrainian club has won many major tournaments, including a CS:GO Major.