ESL Gaming has partnered with Guinevere Capital to reintroduce a top-tier Oceanic League of Legends league in 2021.
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Earlier this yr, LoL writer Riot Video games pulled the plug on the area’s high aggressive league, discontinuing the Oceanic Professional League (OPL).
Nonetheless, in a brand new improvement, ESL and Guinevere will get hold of a three-year license to function a LoL competitors within the area, with an possibility to increase an extra three years. There might be eight groups within the new league in 2021 — the identical quantity because the earlier OPL.
When the OPL was disbanded in October, an official Riot Video games assertion learn that the writer “[does not] imagine that the market is at present capable of help the [OPL] in its present type”. Riot was not ready to entrance the prices related to the league given the demand within the area.
“From working the primary official tournaments on the Oceanic servers to serving to produce the OPL Finals on the Melbourne Esports Open, the ESL group have all the time had aggressive League of Legends in our DNA,” mentioned Nick Vanzetti, ESL Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific Japan. “So when the chance to construct a brand new league, and create new alternatives for League of Legends gamers in Oceania offered itself, we jumped on it.”
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Dave Harris, Managing Director of Guinevere Capital additionally commented on the settlement: “OPL was our first step into esports again in 2016 by means of a group funding and regardless of having moved on to be concerned in different areas, titles and tasks since, we’ve all the time been parochial supporters of the OCE scene and LoL specifically. Our philosophy has been primarily based round growing younger expertise.
“We genuinely imagine this new league is usually a case research for elsewhere on this planet with the liberty to innovate and construct a sustainable esports mannequin in what continues to be an rising area.”
This yr Oceanic org Legacy Esports impressed by reaching the Worlds 2020 play-in stage, subsequently putting second of their group behind Crew Liquid earlier than being eradicated by Chinese language group LGD Gaming.
Extra data on the league might be shared in 2021, in line with a launch.
Esports Insider says: No person was glad to see the OPL discontinued, however it was clear Riot didn’t really feel the funding was value it. This new third-party licensing settlement reveals the intent of each ESL and Guinevere: regardless of points akin to poor connectivity in elements of the area, each are keen to fork out for Oceanic League of Legends, and Riot is very happy to allow them to.