Backed by parent company ReKTGlobal, Rogue makes their League of Legends debut in the new LEC season
NEW YORK, NY—November 20, 2018
Berlin, Germany – November 20, 2018 – ReKTGlobal has secured one of the highly coveted long-term partnership slots for Rogue, ReKTGlobal’s competitive esports team. Rogue will be one of the ten powerhouse teams that will go on to compete in one of the most exciting live esports experiences yet, with Riot Games’ new League of Legends European Championship. This past year, Europe had two of the top four teams competing globally, with the champions, Fnatic, significantly increasing international viewership of the competition.
“We’re very excited to be a part of the LEC – formerly EU LCS – as it’s been a vision quest for Amish, ReKTGlobal’s Co-Founder, and me since we started the company,” said Dave Bialek, CEO and co-founder of ReKTGlobal, “Our goal is to make Rogue one of the top LEC teams in 2019 and build an avid fanbase utilizing our celebrity influencers.”
Rogue, which was co-founded by Derek Nelson and Frank Villarreal in May 2016 before being acquired by parent company ReKTGlobal in December 2017, is known for yielding championships and top talent in multiple games — including Fortnite, FIFA, Rocket League, CS:GO and Rainbow Six. The team quickly became a top esports organization in North America and is now expanding its reach with a truly global presence in several of the world’s most popular games. Rogue’s rapid growth attracted an early investment from Grammy-nominated producer, DJ and EDM entrepreneur Steve Aoki. Its continued success then gained the attention of ReKTGlobal, whose acquisition of the team provided it with opportunities on a global scale and secured investments from Grammy award winning band Imagine Dragons, who wrote the song “Warriors” for the League of Legends World Championships where they performed at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in South Korea to 40,000 fans and 170+ million online viewers. ReKTGlobal’s esports scouting expertise has also landed blockbuster athletes for Rogue including top Fortnite streamer, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo. Earlier this year, ReKTGlobal also announced a strategic investment partnership with OverPowered Network, Royal Family members Ali and Abdulla Al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s esports company. The partnership aims to promote esports in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, further expanding the ReKTGlobal’s international footprint.
“League of Legends is massive – it’s one of the biggest games in the world with more than 5 billion hours watched during the 2018 World Championship,” said ReKTGlobal founder Amish Shah. “We can’t wait to be one of the founding teams for the European region and to hit the ground running – and winning. Between the expertise and experience of our new leadership team in the LEC, we’re confident in the success that Rogue is capable of in its inaugural 2019 season.”
Rather than brute force their way up the rankings with big name signings, Rogue is committed to building a strong, lasting competitive presence through unmatched player development with a roster of established stars and regional heroes from throughout the world. The team will also expand its partnership with the Find Your Grind foundation and the Junior Rogue program to Europe, which mentors kids under 17 to ensure the future of competitive gaming becomes recognized as a viable career option for the next generation. The Rogue LEC team, the only North American organization to earn a spot in the league that did not participate in the EULCS, will be based out of Berlin and run by Anna Baumann, Managing Director and General Counsel, and Tomislav Mihailov, General Manager, who together bring a deep knowledge of the European esports market and years of endemic experience to the team. Baumann, who had focused as an attorney on professionalizing esports establishing best practices with regards to player welfare, integrity issues and grassroots efforts will take a step back from her legal practice focusing fully on building Rogue’s presence in Europe.
“I believe in the unique vision of Rogue’s ownership group to build a global brand connecting music icons, esports superstars and community outreach,” said Anna Baumann. “I am confident that we will offer one of the best environments to players for realizing their full potential, building sustainable careers and evolving their individual brands. I couldn’t be more excited having joined this diverse group of leaders, offering fans a fresh take on esports entertainment.”
The new LEC is ready to unleash the greatest talent from throughout the world and the strongest, most competitive teams battling for the title of European Champions. The action kicks off 2019. The promotion video for Rogue’s debut in LEC can be found here.
Brands, teams and media companies interested in connecting with Rogue or ReKTGlobal can learn more about the company and contact the team at https://rektglobal.com/contact/.
Media interested in interviews and more information may contact ReKT@maxborgesagency.com.
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Rogue is a global professional esports organization with offices in Las Vegas, NV, and Berling, Germany and teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, Rainbow Six: Siege, Fortnite and Rocket League. Since Rogue’s inception, it has become a globally-recognized brand with over a dozen championship wins in multiple games. Rogue’s list of accolades includes a world championship Overwatch team with major tournaments wins in North America, Europe and Asia, a FIFA player winning the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup, and top-ranked, wildly popular teams in Rocket League and Rainbow Six: Siege.
For more information, please visit www.rogue.gg.
About ReKTGlobal, Inc.
ReKTGlobal, Inc. is a global esports venture company that bridges the gap between traditional sports and esports, providing solutions for the entire ecosystem. ReKTGlobal’s list of clients includes companies such as State Farm, Find Your Grind, NBC Sports, and Madison Square Garden Networks. ReKTGlobal is also the parent company of professional esports organization, Rogue.
Media interested in interviews and more information may contact: ReKT@maxborgesagency.com.
For more information about ReKTGlobal visit www.rektglobal.com.