Following a successful series of acquisitions and funding drives, Immortals looks poised to make a bid for OpTic Gaming and their LCS spot, according to an ESPN report.
That’s right, Immortals might be returning to League of Legends, so we can stop using the “Immortals died for this” meme every time 100 Thieves adds a former world champion and then scrapes the bottom of the standings. Well, 100 Thieves will keep doing that, but Immortals won’t be dead at least.
The news comes after a series of significant business moves from Immortals. First, the organization secured $30 million USD in Series B funding, before renaming its holding company, Immortals LLC, to Immortals Gaming Club (IGC).
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The name change was facilitated by the company’s acquisition of Brazilian gaming platform Gamers Club. As per the statement on their website, the organization has indicated that the new funding will be used to expand operations of both the platform and IGC’s esports ventures.
IGC already manages CS:GO team MIBR, and the Overwatch League’s Los Angeles Valiant. If successful in their bid for part of OpTic’s parent company, Infinite Esports & Entertainment, Immortals would also gain control of both OpTic Gaming’s League of Legends team and the Houston Outlaws, which they would be forced to sell in accordance with OWL rules.
Immortals’ return to the LCS would mark the end of a two-year absence from one of the most impactful teams ever to join the league. In their very first split, the team exceeded the high expectations set for them, going undefeated until week seven. However after a faltering close to the split, and an average summer performance, the team fell short of making Worlds in their first season.
In 2017 they made good on their Worlds aspirations, representing North America against Longzhu Gaming, GIGABYTE Marines, and Fnatic. After a promising start, the team fell to Fnatic and Longzhu in a number of disappointing losses.
Following the league’s restructuring, Immortals’ application to be part of the NA LCS 2018 season was denied, and the team was disbanded. If their bid for OpTic is successful, Immortals could return to the league as early as Summer 2019.