There’s never a dull moment in the League of Legends universe. New developments occur all the time. With the increasing popularity of esports and LoL tournaments, we witness the rise of investments in teams, new acquisitions, and it’s needless to mention Riot Games releases new rules or changes regularly. The latest development revolves around Samsung Galaxy Team and its new owner. Scroll down to find out more.
Samsung Galaxy team overview
Samsung Galaxy is a professional gaming team from South Korea playing in the highest Korean LoL league LCK. The team’s current lineup consists of:
- Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin
- Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong
- Kang “Haru” Min-seung
- Lee “Crown” Min-ho
- Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk
- Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in
Coaching staff includes:
- Choi “Edgar” Woo-beom
- Yeo “Trace” Chang-dong
- Ju “oDin” Yeong-dal
This year, the team returned to Worlds as the #3 seed from Korea after beating KT Rolster in the 2017 LCK finals of the Regional Qualifier. Not only they returned to the Worlds, but they also won this prestigious tournament. Samsung Galaxy won the 2017 World Championship for the second time in their history. They defeated three-time world champion SK Telecom T1 with a result 3-0 in bo5 final series. The team previously won the Worlds in 2014.
New owners of the team
Not long after Samsung Galaxy won the biggest League of Legends event of the season, it was announced that KSV esports has acquired the team. Although the rumors about Samsung selling their roster have been circulating for a while, nobody really believed them. Bearing in mind that tech giant spent two years trying to recapture the former glory after losing Samsung Blue and Samsung White lineups. They invested time and money to reclaim their reputation of the force to be reckoned with, and nobody thought the rumors of trying to sell the roster would, actually, turn out to be accurate.
The unexpected news surprised everyone, primarily because nobody thought Samsung would simply let someone take over the team that just became the champion in this esport.
Different speculations about potential reasons for selling the roster have emerged. Industry experts explain that Samsung probably lost the interest in PC-based game business due to their desire to focus on mobile devices.
Another theory is that players asked for significant raises and Samsung didn’t want to approve their requests. One theory also suggests that Samsung, one of the largest Korean companies, was planning to leave the LoL scene entirely and they were looking for a suitable buyer for the team. If this theory turns out to be true, it will create a lot of commotion due to concern that other organizations and big companies will follow Samsung’s lead.
KSV esports new to the scene
KSV esports is a young esports organization, it was founded this year. However, acquisition of Samsung Galaxy roster is their third purchase in last six months. The organization also bought Lunatic-Hai (Overwatch) and MVP Black (Heroes of the Storm).
Although the news about taking over Samsung Galaxy team came as a shock, it didn’t happen overnight. The co-founder of the organization said: “We were having discussions with various League of Legends teams in Korea, starting months and months ago.” After spending time with different teams, they immediately knew Samsung Galaxy was “the one”.
The main focus of the new ownership is infrastructure in Silicon Valley, South Korea, and China. The new name of this team is yet to be decided.
Fans are concerned with the fact that such an important organization is leaving LoL and they wonder what kind of message it sends to other teams and their owners.
A few days after Samsung Galaxy team won 2017 Worlds, the organization sold their roster to KSV esports, a new organization founded this year. While KSV will focus on providing better conditions and infrastructure to players and teams, fans are concerned about the future of other Korean teams if their owners decide to leave the LoL scene.
About the Author: Amna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.