Oceanic esports organisation Dire Wolves has announced the acquisition of Avant Gaming.
Avant Gaming’s teams will merge with Dire Wolves as part of the purchase, meaning that the organisation will enter into CS:GO this year. Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
Avant Gaming and Dire Wolves were recently announced among the names of teams competing in the League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO) for its inaugural season. Following the acquisition, Avant Gaming’s place has been sold to Australian organisation PEACE.
Jason Spiller, Dire Wolves’ owner, stated: “Avant is one of the founding organisations of ANZ esports, and it has an invaluable legacy which we’re so proud to be able to carry on as we welcome the team to the Dire Wolves family.
“This is a historic moment for Oceanic esports with the new LCO beginning later this month, and with this huge new influx of talent and expertise joining the team, Dire Wolves is ready to be at the centre of it.”
Over the last 12 months, Dire Wolves has expanded its esports opportunities outside of League of Legends by branching out into other titles such as FIFA, Overwatch, and Apex Legends. The acquisition of Avant Gaming also follows on from the organisation’s purchase of N8 Esports and Sydney Drop Bears.
Avant Gaming’s owner, Wes Collier, added: “The Dire Wolves and Avant have always shared an amazing rivalry and mutual respect as two of the leading and most storied esports organisations in Oceania, and this coming together heralds the end of an amazing journey for Avant, but a new era for both organisations, and the further establishment of the Dire Wolves as the dominant esports brand in the region.”
Esports Insider says: Dire Wolves’ purchase of Avant Gaming sees the organisation strengthen its competitive structure outside of League of Legends. The purchase continues to highlight the firm’s goal to establish itself as the premier esports organisation in Oceania.