KSV purchase Samsung Galaxy's LoL roster

by Daniel Rosen Nov 30 2017
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KSV, the owners of the Overwatch League's Seoul Dynasty, have purchased Samsung Galaxy's World Championship-winning roster.

Lee "CuVee" Seong-jin, Kang "Ambition" Chan-yong, Kang "Haru" Min-seung, Lee "Crown" Min-ho, Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk and Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in will play for KSV's still-unnamed LCK team in 2018. This marks KSV's first expansion into League of Legends, and their fourth Korean esports team overall.

"League of Legends is one of the top esports games in the world, and KSV has been looking for the right opportunity to enter this global esport since the summer," KSV CEO Kevin Chou stated in a press release. "From the beginning, we’ve explored acquiring a League of Legends team that aligned with KSV’s long-term goals and vision. In addition to their impressive championship victory, we admire Samsung Galaxy’s focus on team play and felt it was a strong culture fit with the rest of our teams and company."

While KSV has had their eye on LoL since the company was founded earleir this year, they have been in negotiations with several LCK teams prior to Worlds, and came to the agreement with Samsung recently. According to KSV COO Kent Wakeford, the organization was not particularly interested in expanding into North America with the newly franchised NA LCS.

"Our focus has always been on Korea," Wakeford told theScore esports. "And building the best team possible in Korea. Not only improving individual players, but on taking those players to a global stage."

As part of that commitment to taking their players global, KSV is opening an office in Shanghai with a goal to create content aimed towards a Chinese market, getting their players out to Chinese events and tournaments, and developing partnerships with Chinese organizations.

"Esports is a global phenomenon, and we are opening offices around the world to connect our fans with our players," Wakeford said. "Esports are a truly global sport, and we believe we can connect our fans with our players wherever they are."

KSV's new LoL roster won the 2017 World Championship with a 3-0 upset win over three-time champions SK Telecom T1. The team also pulled off another upset sweep earlier in the bracket with a 3-0 win over tournament favorites Longzhu Gaming.

KSV also owns the Seoul Dynasty OWL team, 2017 Heroes of the Storm Global Champions KSV Black and a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds roster that is ranked first on the Korea/Japan server.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.