As first reported by Bloomberg, Immortals Gaming Club (IGC), who owns the Los Angeles Valiant of the Overwatch League, is seeking to sell its spot in OWL. According to the report, this is one of the possible options for the future of the organization. This move comes off the heels for the Valiant as they finished 8th in the regular season and 5th-6th in the North American playoffs in the 2020 season.
The Los Angeles Valiant was one of the founding teams in the Overwatch League, taking a spot alongside the Gladiators in the Los Angeles region. The Valiant became a household name for the first two seasons of the league, garnering fans when OWL was still located in the Blizzard Arena at Burbank, California.
The Valiant created content for their growing fans like Gamer Snacks, Custa News Network, and Inside LA Valiant. They built a roster that fans can connect to like Indy "SPACE" Halpern, Brady "Agilities" Girardi, Young-seo "KariV" Park, and Scott "Custa" Kennedy. Together, that roster defied expectations, including a Stage 4 championship during the inaugural season and the first team to defeat the immortal Vancouver Titans in the 2019 season.
After the 2019 season, the Valiant revamped their entire roster, losing the identity they once had in the first two years, with a completely different roster and personalities. Players like Damon "Apply" Conti, Kai "KSP" Collins, and Caleb "McGravy" McGarvey became the next generation for the Valiant.
There were many doubters for the Valiant, but the team exceeded expectations. They placed 3rd-4th in the May Melee tournament and 5th-8th in the Countdown Cup in the 2020 season. They also developed McGravy as their main spokesperson for the team, even getting the attention of mainstream singer, Halsey.
After the 2020 season ended, the Valiant went through an overhaul of the team once again, letting go of Rick "GiG" Salazar, Apply, and McGravy. This left their fans dumbfounded again, leaving unknowns in the future of the team.
If the Los Angeles Valiant leaves the Overwatch League, it would put the organization out of the Activision-Blizzard esports ecosystem entirely, as they also sold their Call of Duty League spot to 100 Thieves last week, raising $26 million from their investors as a result.
According to the Bloomberg report, Immortals Gaming intends to focus less on city-specific teams and more on businesses related to online gaming, such as Gamers Club, a subscription service in Latin America that connects video game players.
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