FlyQuest have been accepted into the 2018 NA LCS as a permanent partner, according to sources close to the league and team.
Owned by Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens and the Fortress Gaming Investment group, the team started and have stuck to being primarily dedicated to League of Legends. According to ESPN, FlyQuest pursued an Overwatch League spot but ultimately did not join Blizzard for Season 1 of the Overwatch League.
The team will pay $5 million upon entrance and then another $5 million over a period of time to join the NA LCS.
FlyQuest declined to comment on this story.
FlyQuest's acceptance is the continuation of a slew of reports that have confirmed 2018 NA LCS participants. According to those reports, the current list is as follows:
- Team SoloMid
- Counter Logic Gaming
- Team Liquid
- Echo Fox
- Joe Lacob of the Golden State Warriors
- Cleveland Cavaliers
It also comes on the heels of the rejection of Immortals, whose application has been denied due to multiple factors. According to sources, the rejection was due to financial factors and concerns about revenue generation for the revenue share program.
FlyQuest entered the LCS in 2017 after purchasing the Cloud9 Challenger spot and player contracts for a combined $2.5 million USD. The team made it to playoffs in its first split, securing a fourth place finish. Despite its veteran presence, the team only made it to a seventh place summer split finish and did not qualify for the 2017 World Championship. The team is notable for its roster featuring zero imports.
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.
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