Dignitas forged a partnership with the Houston Rockets’ esports franchise Clutch Gaming to acquire League of Legends Championship Series.
Clutch Gaming is set to be rebranded as Dignitas in Riot Games’ North American challenge from 2020. But till then, Dignitas will function as the Clutch Gaming franchise. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) – the parent company of Dignitas, confirmed on June 6th.
This organization is the first-historical merger, including a League of Legends establishment in Riot Games’ LCS, the top level of competition in North America. It additionally denotes Dignitas’ return to the LCS after it recently covered League teams in Europe and North America.
Michael Prindiville, Chief Executive Officer of Dignitas said, “The return of Dignitas to League of Legends is the best story in esports and the comeback narrative that we’re thrilled to tell in lockstep with our fans.” He added, “In addition to returning DIG to the biggest, most entertaining esports league in the world, this merger marks an important step in our trajectory as we build a global gaming-centric new media and entertainment company.”
As per the reports, the idea of HBSE taking over the majority stake in Clutch Gaming earlier came in April. During that time, reports claim that HBSE conceded in principle to acquire the franchise from the current owner, for an aggregate of $20 million.
Sebastian Park, VP of Esports, Clutch Gaming, stated that he is very much delighted with the combining of Clutch Gaming with Dignitas. According to him, Dignitas has deep origins in the LCS, who deserves returning to the LCS due to its passion and forward-thinking nature.
Dignitas as of now has teams playing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Super Smash Bros., Melee, Rocket League, SMITE, Apex Legends, and Clash Royale.