LFL royalty Karmine Corp is taking over the LEC spot of Astralis, joining the LEC from the start of the 2024 season
As the battle for the 2023 World Championship rages on in South Korea, we’re briefly interrupting to bring EMEA LoL eSports fans some news from a little closer to home. We’re happy to announce that 2023 EMEA Masters Summer Champions Karmine Corp will be taking over the LEC spot of Astralis. The team will make its LEC debut in the 2024 LEC Winter Split and we’re so excited to see what they’ll bring to the Berlin stage.
If you know anything about League of Legends (LoL) in EMEA, then chances are that you’ve already heard of French powerhouse and fan favourite Karmine Corp. Qualifying to the La Ligue Francaise (LFL) First Division in 2021, Karmine Corp went onto win two LFL titles and four EMEA Masters trophies, making the team one of the most decorated organisations in the EMEA Masters ecosystem.
The French community has consistently been one of the loudest and most passionate in the EMEA region. At our recent 2023 LEC Season Finals in Montpellier, in the Occitanie region, we were blown away by the support our teams received from the French crowd and we can’t wait to welcome Karmine Corp’s loyal fanbase to the LEC.
But as one door opens, another closes, and in welcoming Karmine Corp to the LEC we must also say goodbye to Astralis. They’ve had an unforgettable three years in the LEC and we wish the team and its players all the best moving forward.
“Astralis has been a valued partner to us throughout its time in the LEC and we wish the organisation the very best with its future endeavours,” the Director of League of Legends Esports EMEA at Riot Games, Maximilian Peter Schmidt, said “But we know its spot will be in capable hands with Karmine Corp. LEC fans have wanted to see the team in the league for some time now, which is, in part, due to the incredible strength of the organisation’s brand and its loyal and passionate fan base, something that has been showcased since its entry into the EMEA Masters ecosystem. We also know how locally resonant the organisation is in France, a country that is a major force in EMEA LoL Esports, and 2024 will be the season we find out whether that ERL dominance translates to the LEC stage.”
It’ll be a few months yet until Karmine Corp makes its debut but make sure to follow us on socials and keep an eye on LoleSports .com to stay up to date with all our offseason news.
What happens with Astralis’ LEC players?
All Astralis players will become free agents from the start of the upcoming offseason.
What will happen to Karmine Corp’s LFL team?
Karmine Corp will continue to compete in the LFL alongside the LEC with its LFL roster used as an academy team that will focus on developing emerging talents.
Why were Karmine Corp chosen as Astralis’ successors?
The selling team has the final say on which team their spot is sold to, as long as the purchasing team fits Riot’s criteria for a partnered organisation. The LEC works closely with both the selling team and applicants throughout the selling process and reserves the right to veto applicants on evaluation of various aspects of their application. But the final decision is made by the selling and purchasing organisations.
What does the review process look like for teams wanting to enter the league?
The LEC conducts a detailed review into any prospective partnered teams’ ownership group, brand and fandom, business history and objectives as well as their approach to player development and performance. Based on this criteria teams are either vetoed or can progress to finalise negotiations with the selling team.
Did the LEC get a cut from the sale?
Astralis is entitled to all proceeds from the sale of its spot in the league.
PUBG MOBILE Global Championship Grand Finals Day 2: Alpha 7 Take The Lead, D’Xavier In Close Second
Today saw the second day of the 2023 PUBG MOBILE Global Championship Grand Finals, live from Istanbul, Türkiye, which featured more exciting action as Alpha7 took the competition lead early and stayed on top. They are now closely followed by D’Xavier, who had a day to remember as they stormed through the six matches with two victories and four top-three placements. Day two also saw IHC ESPORTS climb from sixth place to third as they racked up eliminations. Finally, local team S2G had a day to forget, as a series of early knockouts moved them down from third to eighth position.
The winner of the first PMGC 2023 match, Alpha7, entered day two with the same level of ferocity, taking first place again in the day’s opening match. This time however they were able to keep their momentum at an even higher level, following up with a second and third-place finish later in the day. After twelve matches, the team stands at 114 points, a clear 13 points from second place.
It was not just first place that saw a team change. D’Xavier was on fire throughout day two, as they moved up from eighth place to second by taking two winner winner chicken dinners, two more top three placements, and only one finish outside of the top five. The team from PMSL SEA used these six matches to make a statement. Tomorrow they are coming to win it all!
D’Xavier were not the only team to make huge surges up the leaderboard, as IHC ESPORTS ended day two in third place, after a sixth-place finish in day one. While they did not secure a victory, an aggressive strategy that saw them take 14 eliminations in the final match allowed them to make their way into the top three.
Stalwart Esports, while unable to match the strong showing of Alpha7, still put on a good display with another consistent run of finishes all within the top ten. A lack of a victory set them back to forth place, however only 8 points now separates them from second place, and with six matches to go they are still within striking distance of the PMGC crown.
Even with the support of the crowd local team S2G were unable to replicate their day one performance. Only able to get in the top ten during one of the six matches, they fell from third place down to eighth. While they still have one final day of competition, their hopes of replicating last year’s success may no longer be possible with a current total of 61 points.
4Merical Vibes, Team Weibo and FaZe Clan rounded out the top eight, taking fifth, sixth and seventh place with 90 points, 89 points and 68 points respectively.
We now approach the final day of the 2023 PUBG MOBILE Global Championship Grand Finals, with only six matches separating these teams from marking their name in the history books. Players from across the globe, representing countries thousands of miles apart, will all compete for the chance to be named PUBG MOBILE World Champion.
UNITED KINGDOM TO HOST 2024 PUBG MOBILE GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP
PUBG MOBILE Esports is thrilled to announce that the 2024 PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC) will be held in the UK, taking place live next December with a $3 million prize pool. The first time a major PUBG MOBILE event has been hosted in the UK, this tournament will bring local fans a unique opportunity to see the very best skill that the world has to offer. This news comes ahead of this year’s 2023 PUBG MOBILE Grand Finals in Istanbul.
James Yang, Senior Director of PUBG MOBILE Global Esports, announced the news during the opening ceremony of the 2023 PMGC Grand Finals, with the exact UK location to be revealed at a later date. This is the first time a major PUBG MOBILE event has been held in the country and the first in Western Europe since 2018.
The highlight of the PUBG MOBILE Esports calendar, the PMGC brings together dozens of teams from around the world to compete in the ultimate showcase of talent. This year’s Grand Finals are taking place this weekend in Istanbul, Türkiye, where the final sixteen teams remaining in the competition will battle it out to become PUBG MOBILE World Champion.
Joining next year’s PMGC in the top tier of PUBG MOBILE Esports events, as well as next year’s midseason tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is the PUBG MOBILE Global Open (PMGO), which will take place in Brazil throughout March and April 2024 and feature a $500,000 prize pool.
Global Esports Federation joins UNESCO Chair on Governance & Social Responsibility
The Global Esports Federation is honored by the appointment of Thanos Karagrounas, GEF’s Executive Director, Strategy & Impact, as a member of the Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Chair on Governance and Social Responsibility in Sport.
The UNESCO Chair was established in June 2023 with the long-term aim of fostering an integrated system of research, education, and training to enhance the quality of governance practices within the sport industry and advocate socially responsible program designs that prioritize sport as a core component.
As a global leader in the realm of sustainable development and social impact, Thanos Karagrounas has been appointed to play a pivotal role in the Advisory Committee, co-coordinating one of the six strategic pillars on esports.
“It is a distinct honor to be a member of this esteemed group of internationally renowned experts. The opportunity to combine our diverse experiences and perspectives will contribute to the Chair’s objectives. The inclusion of esports as one of the UNESCO Chair’s six strategic pillars, underscores the important role GEF is playing in the governance and social responsibility realm and our commitment towards making an impact on a global scale.” ~ Thanos Karagrounas, GEF Executive Director, Strategy & Impact
The GEF convenes its #worldconnected esports community, harnessing the energy to drive meaningful progress. As a member of the Advisory Committee, the GEF looks forward to contributing its expertise to accelerate its overall contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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