ESI Recap: The last two months in Latin America
Keeping up with Latin America and its fast-growing esports scene isn’t always easy. From new organizations to successful tournaments, ESI brings you our top five stories from the region over the last two months.
- OPTIC GAMING ACQUIRES BRAZILIAN ALL-FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Back in September, North American organization OpTic Gaming announced the signing of a new Brazil Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The organization continues to expand its international presence and this time OpTic decided to go to Brazil with an all-female team.
The squad continues to dominate the competitive scene in Brazil. Finally, the squad took it home Brazil Game Cup. The all-female squad is one of the most successful in the country with multiple titles under their belt.
OpTic clearly offers a stable structure that allows players to continue on their path to success. Brazil is a hotspot for North American teams with organizations like TeamLiquid Participation in the Brazilian circuit.
While foreign investment improves the region as a whole, they also put systemic pressure on local organizations, which must up their game if they are to remain at the level of a team like OpTic Brazil.
- RIOT ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN LEAGUE (LLA).
Earlier this year, Riot Games announced the merger of the Latin America North League (LLN) and Latin America South Cup (CSL) to form the new Latin American League (LLA). Based in Santiago, Chile, this new league would seek to emulate the format of the NA LCS and EU LCS.
To join, organizations were required to submit a marketing plan and a business and athletic plan, similar to the application process for both the NA LCS and the EU LCS. The eight teams joining the league are as follows:
- All knights
- Furious gaming
- Infinity esports
- Isurus Gaming
- Kaos Latin Gamers
- Pixel esports club
- Predators esports
Change does not come without challenges – most organizations come from Mexico and Argentina. Moving to a new country is far from ideal for established organizations that have gained a following in their home countries over the years.
Chile is now the destination in Latin America for League of Legends fans.
- BRAZIL GAME SHOW
The biggest gaming event in Latin America came to an end on October 14th. Over 300,000 visitors gathered at the Expo Center Norte to enjoy the event, which included the final of the Brasil Game Cup.
On stage, W7M Gaming lifted the trophy as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Champion. The women’s title went to new team OpTic Brasil, who continue to dominate the region. Encore e-Sports took first place in the Dota 2 finals.
The Brasil Game Show had international guests like stars from League of Legends Soren “Bjergsen” Bjergand Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell by Team SoloMid.
This event offered just a glimpse of the potential of esports not only in Brazil but also in Latin America.
- PRINGLES GAMES CELEBRATION
Another big gaming event is coming soon – this time at the World Trade Center in Mexico City. On November 9th, over 15,000 visitors gather for the fourth edition of the Pringles Games Celebration.
A variety of esports events will take place across two stages, including the Red Bull MEO and the inaugural LATAM Fortnite tournament. Participants have access to the 250 play stations, exhibitors and conferences.
Mexico, as one of the most populous countries in Latin America, has a rapidly growing esports scene. Events like the Pringles Games Celebration bring communities together and create opportunities for amateurs and professionals alike. This event grows every year and will no doubt become a point of reference for the self-confident in a few years.
- LVP ANNOUNCES NATIONAL LEAGUES IN CHILE, PERU, MEXICO, ARGENTINA AND COLOMBIA
The Professional League of Videogames (LVP in Spanish) announced the launch of four national League of Legends tournaments in Latin America. After the success of the Circuit of Legends, LVP decided to create national leagues in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.
Each league consists of eight teams that compete in two different seasons. The Circuit of Legends continues, with the teams that conquer the amateur competition being able to advance to the national leagues.
Latin America remains a burgeoning region when it comes to League of Legends, but times are changing. At the 2018 World Cup, the Latin America North representative faced G2 from the EU LCS in the second round of the play-in stage. The national leagues alongside the Circuit of Legends are the first step for aspiring pro players. Nurturing young talent is key to improving the region, and Latin America is ready for it.
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