When League of Legends rhymes with soccer
A little more than a month ago, Riot Games announced their new “franchised” format designed for 2019 EU LCS. First consequence : teams willing to participate will need to pay a buy-in fee. The required amount will vary between 8 million euros for existing EU LCS teams, and 10.5 million euros for newcomers. And this format just caught the attention of professional soccer clubs. Premier League’s Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Swansea would be negotiating about it with League’s editor. Moreover, the quality of a clubs investors will matter a lot for Riot Games.
However, this new rule doesn’t please every club. A report from German paper Sport Bild explained how Schalke 04, though already part of the competition, may not apply for a permanent slot in the upcoming season. As a reminder, Schalke 04 entered EU LCS in 2016, when the club acquired the pre-existing competitor Elements.
Vitality teams up with Razer
Gaming gear provider Razer just signed a partnership with french structure Vitality. Razer will provide its products to over 50 teams owned by Vitality. This partnership is planned to run for a year. If it may seem pretty standard, this association means a great deal to the French club. Indeed, this brings even more credibility to the French team when facing negotiation with Riot Games for the new LCS EU upcoming model.
No, Real Madrid isn’t entering esports in China
It all started with a Weibo message, the equivalent of a tweet for us Westerners. On the eighth of May, numerous serious websites related to esports, e.g. Dexerto or TheEsportsObserver, wrote articles announcing Real Madrid’s soon-to-be entry into esports. More precisely, the world-famous soccer club was about to start a FIFA team, to compete in China. Soccer and esports fans were ecstatic.
However, last friday, Real Madrid’s communication team denied the information. They explained how this wasn’t an official Real’s account, and that they had no idea where this message came from. But who knows ? This fail might give ideas to Madrid’s club in the future.
Photo credits : the Rift Herald/Riot Games