As Vainglory prepares to enter its second spring season, Super Evil Megacorp has announced that its league is expanding to include five new teams which are prominent in the eSports world.
Fnatic, Echo Fox, NRG, Rogue and Immortals will all join the world’s leading mobile esport for the 2017 season, according to a press release by Super Evil Megacorp.
These are some of the most diverse and high-profile teams in all of esports,” said Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of Super Evil Megacorp. “To have them not only recognize Vainglory’s growth over the past year, but also create their first-ever teams dedicated to a mobile game, means the competition in the 2017 season is going to be more fierce than ever before. These teams are owned and operated by some of the most respected names in sports and entertainment, and there’s tremendous opportunity for everyone involved to usher in the next defining moments of esports.
These teams will join TSM, Cloud9, G2 Esports, SK Gaming, Team Secret, Mousesports and DetonatioN Gaming. To celebrate the arrival of these new professional organizations, Super Evil will be hosting all five teams at the company’s “Super Evil Lair” in San Mateo, California for a “Run the Gauntlet” Preseason Invitational on February 26th. Run the Gauntlet will be broadcast live on Twitch’s dedicated Vainglory channel.
Vainglory’s full 2017 eSports calendar has also been revealed. The spring season will kick off in March, the summer season in June and the autumn season in September, culminating with a world championship in December.
Amongst some of the high-profile names across sports and entertainment behind the new Vainglory teams are former NBA champion and Echo Fox owner Rick Fox, NBA Hall of Fame member and co-owner of NRG Shaquille O’Neal, MLB World Series champions and NRG co-owners Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins, Sacramento Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, who also co-own NRG, famed music producer, DJ and co-owner of Rogue, Steve Aoki, and Lionsgate’s President of Interactive Ventures and Games, Peter Levin, who heads a team of Immortals investors that includes Memphis Grizzlies co-owner Steve Kaplan.
Vainglory generated incredible growth in 2016 in terms of active players, views and overall community engagement. The game tripled its active player community on Android, generated more than 450 million minutes of competition watched on streaming platforms and celebrated its first-ever World Championship tournament at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, which garnered more than 25,000 concurrent viewers from fans watching at home. With these new teams joining the fray in 2017, the potential for Vainglory to grow even further is huge.