Riot games’ creators, Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck, are “still investing millions into esports without profit.” That’s right—the biggest and most popular esports league in the world continues to operate at a loss.
Starting in 2018, teams that participate in the NA LCS will be there as permanent partners of the league. Teams will be selected from an application process (more details on that below) meaning they won't face relegation or have to fight for the right to compete as a new org via a promotion tournament.
Developing a strong league depends on finding aligned partners who are motivated to help evolve the sport and create teams that pro players are proud to represent. During Phase One, we'll be partnering with expert third parties, asking teams to give us some details about their plans for their NA LCS team and organization.
During phase two, we'll go through a thorough review of the team's proposal, including in-person presentation and Q&A, as well as some deeper dives into finances, credit checks, and background checks for the owners. We understand that this will be a major time commitment, but we're looking for organizations that will be stable, professional, well-funded and committed to creating a rewarding environment for the pro players that work for them.
This wil be the first time Counter Logic Gaming has taken on formal investment. The deal was brokered by sports advisory company Catalyst Sports & Media and their two esports executive vice presidents Avi Bhuiyan and Bryce Blum, sources said.
NA LCSきってのストリームおちゃらけ野郎達ことSneaky，Meteos，Bunnyといったタレントを抱えつつもなんだかんだでWorldsの場ではLast HopeとなってしまっていたC9ですが，オーナーJackはしたたかに資金調達を上手くこなしていたイメージで，やはり残留が可能とのこと．
Cloud9 is close to finalizing a $25 million Series A financing round following its reported $20 million buy-in to the upcoming Overwatch League, documents filed to the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed.
Team Liquidも歴史を見てみると長い印象を受けます．何度かNA LCS残留の危機にあっていたりもしましたが，なんとかフランチャイズ入りは可能なようです．Team LiquidはCSシーンの下部組織としてAcademyがありましたが，TLA出身のLCS選手が居ますから若手選手育成の意味でも重要な役割を担っていました．
Esports franchise Team Liquid has announced its sale of the controlling interest to professional sports team owners Peter Gruber and Ted Leonsis.Owners Steve Archancet and Victor Goossens will continue to serve as owners and co-CEOs of Team Liquid, with Guber and Leonsis as co-executive chairmen of aXiomatic, their esports ownership group.
NBAのスター選手Rick Foxによって昨年結成されたチームですが，Froggen選手などを迎えることでそこそこの成績を収めました．参入理由は色々と考えられますが，バックにNew York Yankeesがついたことも大きそうです．
The New York Yankees today announced an investment partnership with Vision Esports, the largest single shareholder of three esports-related companies. The two organizations will create and manage an “ecosystem” of esports properties that include Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, and Vision Entertainment.
NBAリーグにおいて3番目，26億ドル（2600億円）以上の価値のあるとされるGolden State Warriorsのオーナーが参入への意思を受け入れられたとのこと．チーム名は未だ不明なもののGolden Guardiansという名前が有力なようです．
Owners of the Golden State Warriors have chosen Golden Guardians as the name of their new North American League of Legends Championship Series franchise, sources close to the basketball organization told ESPN on Wednesday.