The Adelaide Crows Football Club has acquired Legacy Esports’ Oceanic Pro League (OPL) team, Riot Games confirmed late last night. The acquisition makes the Crows the first Oceanic traditional sports club to purchase an Esports team.
The purchase follows from the AFL’s recent assertion it will enter the Esports market.
“Across the globe there are sporting clubs, billionaire investors and athletes becoming involved with a view to growing their brand and reach, driving commercial outcomes and engaging with new fans,” said Crows Chief Executive, Andrew Fagan. “We will bring our expertise in elite and professional sport to support the high performance development of the Legacy players who are driven to achieve success in their field.
“We will also devote resources to support the growth of the Legacy brand and their ability to engage effectively with their passionate fan base.”
Legacy’s Captain, Tim ‘Carbon’ Wendel, will remain with the team.
“This is a landmark day for Esports and we are ecstatic to start working with the Adelaide Football Club,” Carbon said. “I have always been a Crows fan so it is an honour to be part of such a prestigious club and to develop Legacy Esports into a sport powerhouse, just like the Adelaide Crows.”
“The Adelaide Crows entering the Oceanic Pro League is a huge win for all Esports fans in the region. Not only are they the first ‘traditional’ sporting club to expand into the OPL, but they’re a club built on both excellence in performance and dedication to their fans, which is why Legacy Esports are the perfect partners for them going forward,” added Riot Games’ Head of Esports, Daniel Ringland. “With the two proud clubs combined, their shared values will bring a stronger Legacy into a more competitive OPL.”
OPL Split 2 kicks off on 10 June.