Aug 8 2016 - 4:32 pm

Schalke says it will not sell Challenger Series spot

Schalke 04 might have suffered LCS relegation in its very first split, but the German soccer club are not calling it quits in League of Legends just yet
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Schalke 04 might have suffered LCS relegation in its very first split, but the German soccer club are not calling it quits in League of Legends just yet.

In an interview with sport1.de (translated by Splitpush), Schalke 04 chairman Moritz Beckers-Schwarz said that the team will aim for immediate promotion back to the LCS.

“We are pursuing a path which we will keep following next year." Beckers-Schwarz told sport1. "The relegation this weekend will only lead to a professionalization of our Esports department. There is no alternative way, and it follows the goal of a direct promotion back to the LCS by the end of the 2017 Spring Split."

Schalke were relegated last night after a loss to Challenger Series Summer Split champions Misfits.

The team purchased the spot from Elements in May, becoming the first traditional sports franchise to buy into the world's biggest esports league.

Despite the excitement of the investment, the team's lineup failed to set the world alight. Retaining four of the Elements players who had only narrowly avoided the promotion tournament in the Spring, the team started well but failed to secure a win after week four. Too many draws and dropped points saw them just above the relegation zone, eventually losing a playoff to Team Vitality and ending the season in the drop zone.

Once in the promotion tournament, Schalke still could not find form, losing to the Summer Split's bottom side ROCCAT before the loss to Misfits.

While the team have now confirmed they will compete in the Challenger Series next year, the fate of the players is still unknown.

Their North American counterparts NRG eSports, who were relegated after a loss to Echo Fox, seemingly confirmed their intention to continue with the team on Twitter.

Jan 14 2017 - 8:43 pm

ESPN survey reveals League of Legends pro pay, opinions on female players

The anonymous answers are quite revealing.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

An anonymous LCS player survey has revealed just how much the average League of Legends pro gets paid—and what some of them think about the prospect of playing with a woman.

The ESPN Confidential article surveyed 33 anonymous European and North American League of Legends professionals, asking their opinions on everything from team houses, drugs and injuries.

According to the survey, North American players are significantly better paid than their counterparts. Of the players surveyed those in North America had an average base salary of $105,385, compared to just €76,137 ($80,816) in Europe.

Due to the anonymous nature of the survey, however, it's hard to extrapolate much from the averages themselves.

What does give us more insight however is the selected comments from the pros directly however—particularly their comments on playing with women.

While most pros, 73 percent, would have no issue with a female player joining their team, comments from two of the 27 percent have angered the community.

"If a female was to join my team," says the first, "she would have to prove she was worth it more than a guy [in the same role]."

Though this comment is shocking to hear as someone's definitive opinion, it does reflect what many believe is the reality for aspiring female pros in the current esports culture, where female players are held to higher standards than their male counterparts.

The second highlighted comment claims that they would have concerns over the likelihood of their male team mates being attracted to a female player.

Elsewhere in the survey, 27 percent of players claim to know of players taking drugs to perform better in competition, while 24 percent say they have suffered an injury as a result of gaming.

Jan 11 2017 - 4:12 pm

LCK team ESC Ever become BBQ Olivers, immediately competes for best name in esports

This is some pretty strong branding.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Image via Max Pixel (CC0 1.0) | Remix by Will Copus

One Korean League of Legends team confirmed their new sponsorship last night, making a play for the greatest branding in all of esports.

LCK side ESC Ever has been purchased by Korean food giant Genesis BBQ Chicken. An incredible name change was required, and the team did not disappoint—the roster of Ever will now compete as BBQ Olivers in the 2017 LCK season.

The "Olivers" part of the moniker is to advertise that Genesis BBQ properties only use 100 percent olive oil—something which is apparently unique in in the Korean barbecue industry.

The team's truly incredible logo, which features a chicken in an armored helmet, apparently represents the "strength, will, and courage of the rooster" according to a translation of the announcement from Liquid Legends.

While the sponsor may be somewhat humorous, it's a big deal for the team and for the industry. Genesis has 350 franchises all across Asia and Europe, with outlets in Canada, the U.S., and Australia.

"Through support from BBQ—who lead Korea's healthy dining culture—I am certain that Korean esports and BBQ will grow together," KeSPA chairman Jeon Byung Heon said in the official announcement of the move. "Going forward, the association will not grow lazy in its efforts to create an healthy esports ecosystem and an esports culture everyone can enjoy."

The team are going into just their second season in the LCK after getting promoted in the 2016 Summer Promotion tournament. Their debut season did not go to plan, as they finished ninth and were forced to fight off upcoming challenger sides to retain their place in the league.