ESL Gaming and Legendary Play Announce Strategic Partnership

New York/Cologne/Berlin — ESL Gaming, the world’s leading esports company, and Legendary Play, developer of esports-themed mobile games, today announced their strategic partnership.

The collaboration brings ESL branded leagues and tournaments to Legendary Play’s mobile game for esports fans, RIVALS – a mobile esports manager game for fans of MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arena) – with more than 1 million downloads so far. Since the start of the ESL One Stockholm Dota 2 Major on May 12, RIVALS players can compete in virtual versions of some of ESL Gaming’s most popular properties, such as ESL One. Also part of the partnership is a comprehensive marketing agreement that will allow Legendary Play to promote RIVALS across ESL platforms, broadcasts, and social media channels.

“Legendary Play’s company vision is to allow fans to live their esports passion. What enables us to provide an authentic experience is to create that exciting atmosphere that everyone loves when watching esports. ESL Gaming has fundamentally shaped the esports experience, and we could not be more excited to give our players the opportunity to win their own version of some of esports’ most prestigious events,” shared Philipp Karstaedt, COO of Legendary Play.

“We are excited to partner with Legendary Play and offer esports fans around the globe an additional and interactive way to enjoy world-class esports leagues and tournaments. The collaboration allows us to add an extra dimension to a world where everybody can be somebody, and we are thrilled to see that Legendary Play shares our vision and passion for esports,” commented Bernhard Mogk, SVP Global Business Development at ESL Gaming. 

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About ESL Gaming

ESL Gaming is the world’s leading esports company. For more than two decades, we have been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation globally across the most popular video games, creating a comprehensive ecosystem with opportunities for players to go from zero to hero, and for fans to witness the best stories esports has to offer. Our portfolio consists of high-profile products such as the ESL Pro Tour, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Festivals, the Snapdragon® Pro Series, and many more, ranging from grassroots to global elite competitions. ESL Gaming is a part of the world’s leading competitive gaming platform ESL FACEIT Group.

About Legendary Play

Headquartered in Berlin, Legendary Play creates mobile games for esports fans. Founded by Roman Frank, Philipp Karstaedt and Arvid Hahn in 2017, Legendary Play currently has its first title, RIVALS Esports MOBA Manager, available on Google Play and the Apple Store. With its team of industry veterans from both game development and publishing, it aims to create a full suite of mobile games catering to the entire esports audience and offering an authentic experience within the world of esports.


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