Newbee have acquired QG Reapers, according to a report by Chinese publication Chinese Esports Athletes. The Newbee organization confirmed the report shortly following its publication on their own weibo.
The report included information on the Newbee organization's history, particularly in Dota 2 and winning The International 4. The article also reviewed the QG Reapers' history from their formation in January 2015 through winning second place in the 2015 LPL Summer split.
According to the report by Chinese Esports Ahtletes, Newbee said they had been trying to find success in League of Legends and managed to build a strong LSPL team, but were looking to get a more immediate foothold in the LPL. QG Reapers met their needs and ideals.
Chinese Esports Athletes concluded with a statement from QG Reapers manager, Li "LinkO" Linke:
"This is a strong combination: QG have good players, but Newbee is a wealthy club with a good management system. I believe that after these events, we can achieve the desired results!"
Sources close to QG Reapers have confirmed the acquisition with theScore eSports. According to sources, the club sold for roughly 12 million RMB (~$1.85 million USD).
The Chinese League of Legends single ownership policy allows for an organization to own both an LSPL team and an LPL team. Newbee will also retain ownership of their LSPL team, which will continue to compete for a spot in the LPL.
Kelsey Moser is a staff writer for theScore eSports. You can follow her on Twitter.