North American organisation Torrent ceases operations

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North American esports organisation Torrent, best known for its Rocket League team, has ceased operations.

In November last year, the organisation announced it had let go of its competitive rosters. Whilst it had intentions to return, the decision to discontinue the brand was announced today.

Torrent, formerly known as Alpine Esports, is most notable for competing in Rocket League, though the US organisation has had some success and popularity in Apex Legends, appearing at the ALGS Championship for North America in 2021.

Wisdom Gaming, Torrent’s parent organisation, is an agency which specialises in esports production and marketing, tournament organisation, design and more. According to a Torrent release, Wisdom will seemingly direct Torrent resources to other parts of its business.

“Effective today, Torrent will be ceasing its operations,” the company said. “Towards the end of last year we alluded to returning [to competition] in some capacity and fully intended on creating something we thought our community would enjoy. Ultimately, the final decision was made to take the passion and creativity of our team and infuse that into other endeavours under our parent company, Wisdom Gaming Studios.”

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Wisdom operates the Minnesota Varsity League (MNVL), an educator- and student-run brand that facilitates gaming competition for schools in Minnesota. It also owns Giant Slayer, which runs tournaments and creates content for Riot Games titles such as Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra and League of Legends; and Gold Rush, which creates Rocket League community content.

In June last year, Wisdom announced it had renewed its partnership with Riot Games for the ‘Rising Legends’ Teamfight Tactics competitive circuit. That same month, Steve LaCroix was made President of the company. Two months later it announced various leadership changes, including a promotion to Vice President of Marketing for Ashley Pinney.

Billy Studholme
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