Esports organisation PENTA Sports has teamed up with German football club TSV 1860 Munich to launch a joint League of Legends team.
Known as PENTA 1860, the team will compete in German league ESL Meisterschaft. This move marks TSV 1860 Munich’s entrance in the esports industry.
Andreas Schaetzke, Managing Director at PENTA Sports discussed the venture: “We are very pleased to announce the partnership with the TSV München of 1860 eV today. To welcome an association with this tradition on our side fills us with pride and we are looking into a very exciting future with our new partner. In addition, our joint entry into League of Legends is particularly exciting.
“Here we deliberately opted for a big esport title and not the sports simulation. With the new team we want to and will attack the top of the German scene and have clearly set the goal [of becoming the] German Champion. An exciting time, which we are looking forward to with TSV München from 1860 eV!”
PENTA Sports currently fields teams in titles such as Rainbow Six Siege, FIFA, Fortnite, and Hearthstone. The organisation counts ARCTIC, 20th Century Fox, sunmaker, and ONE.de among its premium sponsors.
Sascha Königsberg, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at TSV 1860 Munich added: “Electronic sport is growing rapidly and as an association we can not and will not close this forward-looking topic. In PENTA, we have a reliable partner, with whom we can pave the way into the digital future together and establish the new “Esport” area in our beloved club TSV München von 1860 eV.
“In addition to the professionals from the League of Legends, we also want to focus on grassroots sports and integrate Esport outside of the professional sector. We are open to many different sports and would therefore like to offer all fans an appropriate platform. We look forward to an exciting future at TSV München of 1860 eV and many successes with PENTA 1860! “
Esports Insider says: This move somewhat reminds us of PSG’s joint Dota 2 venture with LGD Gaming, and that proved to be a very successful venture in no time at all. It’s quite the surprise to see a football club enter esports through a game other than FIFA!