Chinese esports organisation LGD Gaming announced the expiration of its strategic partnership with French football club Paris-Saint Germain.
As a result, the esports organisation’s Dota 2 division will now compete under its own name, LGD Gaming, for future upcoming tournaments.
The announcement concludes a relationship that has spanned over five consecutive years, with the long-standing partnership leaving an indelible mark on the history of Dota 2. Under the PSG banner, LGD won the WePlay AniMajor in 2021 and finished second at The International 2021.
LGD Gaming made the official announcement on Weibo: “Together, we have celebrated championship victories and experienced the heartache of coming so close. We have bid farewell to a generation of legends while eagerly looking forward to the young talents who will continue to write their stories. As of today, our partnership with Paris Saint-Germain comes to an end.”
Details revealing why LGD Gaming have announced the seemingly sudden partnership expiration have not been disclosed.
Aside from the team in Dota 2, LGD Gaming also competes in League of Legends, Arena of Valor, PUBG Mobile, Crossfire, and Clash Royale. It previously had divisions in CS:GO and Overwatch, but the two disbanded in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
PSG, on the other hand, still operates across other esports titles like League of Legends, FIFA, Brawl Stars, and Arena of Valor, all of which are through similar strategic partnerships. In particular, its League of Legends team, PSG Talon, will be competing in South Korea later this year for the 2023 World Championship.