Arsenal have reportedly made a bid for a European League of Legends Championship spot, which is looking to start franchising starting next year.
The rumours come courtesy of a leaked conversation between professional League of Legends players, which you can view in the video below. After the streamer mentions their conversation is going out live on Twitch, the other player quickly backtracks and says it was a joke, but it could well still be true.
Kroenke Sports and Entertainment already own an Overwatch League franchise, LA Gladiators, so the owners may be pushing for Arsenal to make a similar move with League of Legends in Europe.
Many football clubs have FIFA teams nowadays, but they’re also moving into other eSports as well. For example, Paris Saint-Germain have a DOTA 2 team and a Rocket League team.
With the way eSports are growing, it could be a very solid investment. Then there’s the free advertising you get if your team does well, likely resulting in more fans buying your merchandise and building your brand.
For now, it’s all just speculation, but we’ll see if Arsenal follow PSG’s lead and get involved in non-football-based eSports in the near future.