Paris Saint-German, also known as PSG, is re-entering the MOBA genre in a partnership with Chinese organisation LGD Gaming. Competing in Dota 2, PSG has become the first major European football club to invest and compete in the title. This partnership was announced at a press conference in Shanghai on April 19th.
With this deal, PSG has acquired the following roster: Wang ‘Ame’ Chunyu, Lu ‘Maybe’ Yao, Yang ‘Chalice’ Shenyi, Xu ‘Fy’ Linsen, and Malaysian Jian Wei ‘xNova’ Yap. These players will play under the team name PSG.LGD.
Yassine Jaada, Chief Gaming Officer of PSG eSports discussed the partnership: “We are very happy to work with LGD, a major structure in China. This partnership fits perfectly with our development strategy and I look forward to build new exciting projects with them.”
Xuan Li, General Manager of LGD Gaming also left a statement: “We are looking forward to partnering with such a legendary club as Paris Saint-Germain eSports. We are very honoured that PSG recognizes our brand, our successes and our experience. We look forward to going even further with PSG to make our fans proud.”
The five players will first debut for their blue-and-red jerseys at EPICENTER XL in Moscow, commencing April 27th. LGD Gaming recently placed second in the Dota 2 Asia Championships and will be looking to obtain more DPC Points leading up to The International.
Fabien Allègre, Director of Merchandising and Diversification for PSG also commented: “We are very happy to once again be a pioneer by being the first major European football club to invest on DotA 2. With an average of over 500,000 players simultaneously connected, Dota 2 is one of the most popular eSports games, especially in Asia, a strategic region for PSG. Driven by the ambition of the club and our confidence in our partners LGD and Webedia, we are determined to make this commitment a success.”
Esports Insider says: This roster is a great pick-up for PSG eSports, and Dota 2 has been an important title to compete in for quite some time – we’re glad to see the organisation return to the MOBA genre. We’re intrigued to see how PSG eSports plans to tap into Asia, in which it was called a “strategic region”.