GamerLegion leaves League of Legends, Austrian Force joins Prime League

10 November 2023


GamerLegion leaves Primer League, Austrian Force joins
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German esports organisation GamerLegion has dispanded its regional League of Legends team, with Austrian esports organisation Austrian Force taking its spot in the Prime League.

After entering the League of Legends esports scene in 2018, GamerLegion became a founding member of the inaugural Prime League season in spring 2020.

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The tier-two league covers the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and features a number of notable organisations such as BIG, SK Gaming, Mouz and Eintracht Spandau. The esports divisions of German football clubs Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04 are also participants in the league.

GamerLegion won the league’s Spring 2022 split and has appeared at EMEA Masters, League of Legends biggest EMEA tier-two event, on three occasions. More recently the team fell into the league’s 2024 promotion/relegation tournament and was able to retain its spot. However, the organisation has now decided to step away from the League of Legends ecosystem.

According to a post made by the Prime League, GamerLegion is leaving the league in order to ‘place a stronger focus on international competitions’. The organisation’s Counter-Strike roster competes in tier-one tournaments, finishing second in May’s Paris Major — Counter-Striker: Global Offensive’s final Major.

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In contrast, the Prime League is a tier-two tournament within the League of Legends EMEA regional leagues ecosystem which exists mainly for player development for the franchised tier-one LEC. However, a selection of organisations within the ERLs have managed to garner large fanbases, most notably influencer-backed teams such as Eintracht Spandau and Karmine Corp, the latter of which is joining the LEC in 2024.

After GamerLegion steps away from the Primer League, its place will be filled by Austrian Force. GamerLegion had beaten Austrian Force in the 2024 promotion/relegation tournament, however, the latter has now gained the spot and returns to the league after its relegation in 2021. Direct Rising eSports will take the vacant Prime League Division 2 position.

GamerLegion’s partners include bookmakers Fonbet, drink mix MINDTANK, online bank N26, gaming chair manufacturer BACKFORCE, and Re-Bo, a manufacturer of circular saw blades.

Lee Jones