For the last year and a half, our team at Fortuna Esports has been tasked with buidling the esport ecosystem modeled after the European and global trends. First and foremost, we are gamers. We take esports very seriously and we enjoy what we do, and today we are honored to tell you the biggest news regarding League of Legends in this region.
Next to the 20.000 euro prize pool, Esports Balkan League season 2 teams will fight for the opportunity to represent the Balkan region in the upcoming Riot European Tournament in 2018!
Riot Games recognized the level of players, teams and the league itself and decided to include EBL into their official circuit for their upcoming EU tournament.
Season 2 of EBL returns in February, while the qualifiers will be held during the 2nd half of January. While the official information regarding the qualifier will be published at a later date, each team will have a chance to prove themselves worthy of being regarded as the best the Balkan has to offer!
Region: Serbia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania and Cyprus.
Our wish to be on par with European esport trends and give our players an opportunity to prove themselves on the international stage has finally came true.
It is an incredible feeling achieving something you have been working on for the last year and a half.
When we founded Fortuna, esport industry was facing many challenges in this region. One of the first issues was public’s perception of esports. Our region was lacking a plan on how to build a sustainable ecosystem and our teams, players and fans didn’t have the support they deserve. Our region lacked identity and professionalism.
Having the largest prize pool, an unprecedented relationship with players and teams as well as the biggest following in the region were key in bringing this industry on a whole other level.
Year and a half later we can finally say we fixed most of the problems that were inherent in this region.
We have to keep developing local players and teams, their brands and identities, highlighting their personalities, something fans can stand behind and cheer for.
Having a slot in the upcoming Riot EU tournament will provide our players with the opportunity to finally compete with the EU teams on the big stage, while also giving our community a champion to cheer for and support.
None of this would have been possible without all of you guys who showed your incredible support to your favorite teams, players and us. Keep on being awesome!
In behalf of the whole Fortuna Esports team, THANK YOU!
Aleksandar “Snghai” Anokić, Head of Esports
You can read the official Riot statement at: LINK.