SinoDragon Gaming, Victory Five become LPL franchises
SinoDragon Gaming and Victory Five have entered the highest tier of Chinese League of Legends competition, the LPL. The arrival of SDG and V5 expands the league to 16 teams.
SinoDragon Gaming initially announced their entry on Weibo before deleting their post shortly afterwards. However, freelance journalist and translator Ran caught the news and posted screenshots on Twitter.
The organization stood out in in the LDL, the secondary division of Chinese League of Legends esports. There, they were front runners in 2018, ranking first in the spring and summer regular seasons. Furthermore, they won the LDL summer playoffs and finished in the semifinals in the spring season. In the process, they overcame the likes of Unlimited Potential and Victorious Gaming. Their lineup, which takes on the LPL in 2019 and the upcoming Demacia Cup, is as follows:
As for Victory Five, little is known about their plans. However, the organization experienced rapid growth since its founding in the spring of 2018. The Macao-based structure is involved in the PLAYERUNKNOWN BattleGrounds’ Chinese esports scene. Although V5 have announced their arrival in the league, their players remain unknown at the time of writing.
The two teams have yet to determine a location for their bases of operation, as part of the franchising process in the LPL. In 2018, several teams laid claim to specific towns, with the rest remaining in Shanghai for the time being:
- LGD Gaming: Huangzhou
- Oh My God: Chengdu
- Royal Never Give Up: Beijing
- Snake Esports: Chongqing
- Team WE: Xi’an