The League of Legends 2017 world champions may be sticking together in 2018, but it appears they will do so under a new name. Sources report that American organization KSV eSports, which stands for Korea + Sillicon Valley, has come to an agreement to purchase the Samsung Galaxy roster of Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin, Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong, Kang “Haru” Min-seung, Lee “Crown” Min-ho, Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in.
According to COO Kent Wakeford, the Samsung organization was not interested in expanding to North America with the newly franchised league system, which paved the way for KSV to negotiate a deal. KSV is already the owner of the new Seoul Dynasty Overwatch team, as well as Heroes of the Storm 2017 champions KSV Black and a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds roster.
Rumors of Samsung looking to sell their spot to an American company have been circulating for awhile, raising concerns over the future of League of Legends in Korea. LCK already faces an uncertain future with Riot’s recent announcement of plans to build its own stadium for LCK and take over production from OGN in 2019. But Wakeford and KSV are undeterred. “Esports are a truly global sport, and we believe we can connect our fans with our players wherever they are,” he stated.
The name of the reigning champions’ new team is still being decided. The team is currently participating in the 2017 KeSPA Cup tournament.
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