Earlier today, it was announced on Twitter that Chinese company Kingzone has officially acquired the League of Legends Champions Korea team, Longzhu Gaming.
Chinese eSports company Kingzone officially announced that Kingzone acquired Longzhu gaming, a champion of LCK summer split in 2017.
Longzhu gaming will start season 2018 with new team name and logo ‘KING-ZONE DragoX’ #adieu #LZ #PANS #KZ #KZWIN #DX pic.twitter.com/r207FZ51EN
— KINGZONE DragonX (@KINGZONEDX) January 8, 2018
Longzhu TV, parent organization of Longzhu Gaming, was in a conflict of interest after Suning Gaming qualified in the LPL. Suning Gaming is owned by Suning Commerce Group, a Chinese company that bought Longzhu TV in November 2016. This violated Riot Games’ rule prohibiting organizations from owning multiple teams in the major leagues.
According to the head coach of Longzhu, Kang Dong-hoon in an interview with invenglobal, “The process of the buyout wasn’t easy, but I want to thank Kingzone for their decision. Furthermore, I want to thank them for investing in the team so that we can develop. We will do our best to become a better team.”
Prior to this, Longzhu Gaming rebranded from their previous name Incredible Miracle back in 2016. The team has since appeared in the 2017 World Championship after beating SK Telecom T1 in the LCK Summer Finals and finished second in the 2017 KeSPA Cup.
Longzhu Gaming is the second team in the LCK to be rebranded for the 2018 season after KSV Esports acquired the 2017 World Champions, Samsung Galaxy.
Featured photo courtesy of KINGZONEDX Twitter
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