Wolves becomes first soccer club to enter Chinese mobile esports league KPL

It has picked up the KPL team Chongqing QGhappy.

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The Wolverhampton Wanderers (commonly known as Wolves), who compete in the Premier League, has become the first soccer club to enter the King Pro League (KPL), it announced yesterday. The KPL is the premier competition for Tencent’s mobile MOBA game Honor of Kings in China.

Fosun International, which is a Chinese conglomerate and the owner of Wolves, acquired KPL team Chongqing QGhappy to make this happen. The 2021 World Champion Cup winner has now been rebranded to Chongqing Wolves as it continues to be the home team of the Southwestern Chinese city.

The team will be competing in the KPL’s 2021 fall season, which will begin in the coming weeks. It has a huge prize pool of 18,800,000 Chinese Yuan (about $2.9 million).

QGhappy have been an immensely successful team in Honor of Kings esports. They won both seasons of the KPL in 2017 and also won the 2017 Kings Champion Cup. In 2018, they won the summer season of the Kings Champion Cup and placed second in the winter season. The squad had another successful campaign in 2019 as well, placing second in the KPL fall season followed by winning the winter season of the Kings Champion Cup.

In 2020, the organization faltered a bit and couldn’t achieve a single noteworthy performance. After placing first in the Kings Champion Cup 2021 last month, however, it seems like QGHappy have returned to their winning ways.

Fosun Sports has been expanding in the Chinese esports scene since 2019 with rosters in FIFA Online 4, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Identity V under Wolves Esports. It also has FIFA, Rocket League, and racing teams in the U.K. The company recently announced an investment into North American esports organization Evil Geniuses to expand into another Western market.