DreamHack and Riot Games have entered an agreement to launch the Northern League of Legends Championship (NLC), a new Northern European league in Riot Games’ highly-popular, competitive, and fast-paced, action-strategy game, to be run by DreamHack. The NLC is supported by a new competitive ecosystem in Telia Esports Series, which is expanding from Finland to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden featuring national leagues and DreamHack-operated UKLC in the UK and Ireland.
“DreamHack has been the leading esports organizer in the Nordics for a very long time and we are very excited to partner up with Riot on a long term basis to create a more stable ecosystem for players, fans, and teams around League of Legends,” said Michael Van Driel, Chief Product Officer at DreamHack, “In partnership with 12 top team organizations from all of the different countries here, the NLC we believe is going to be the best regional esports competition out there.”
The inaugural season of NLC is scheduled to start in June 2020, and will be played online with the season finals planned to be held August 7-8 at DreamHack Summer in Jönköping, Sweden. Twelve of Northern Europe’s best League of Legends esports teams will participate in the NLC, including ENCE, Nordavind, Singularity, Barrage, BT Excel, Fnatic Rising and more! (full team list here), competing for a minimum of 1 million SEK per season being awarded to teams and players.
“We have been working hard with DreamHack and Telia to really create something special for the Nordics’ best League of Legends players. There is now a much clearer path from the amateur leagues through to professional level and we’re excited to see what the talent here can do on the big stage,” said Mo Fadl, Head of Publishing Nordics, Riot Games.
The new competitive ecosystem will allow highly-talented, competitive players from across the region to flourish on home soil and create a pathway for amateur players to join the professional ranks. It will also give League of Legends fans an opportunity to get behind the best players the region has to offer, engaging with local events and broadcasts.
The NLC is the official League of Legends esports organization for the Nordics, UK and Ireland. It is part of the official European Regional League circuit and connects to the European Masters.
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