Reflecting on 2018 and looking forward to 2019

A Big 2018 and our First Full Year as Legacy Esports 

What a 2018 it has been for Legacy Esports and the Adelaide Football Club.

The year has seen our teams across League of Legends, Counter Strike, Rocket League, StarCraft II, Overwatch and Smash all achieve excellent results, as teams and individuals.

Playing highlights for 2018 include:

  • Third in the OPL in Split One and Two
  • Competing and winning Rift Rivals 2018 for Oceania
  • CS:GO qualifying for IEM Sydney
  • Sean “Probe” Kempen playing at the IEM PyeongChang Winter Olympics
  • Our first community charity event with our Rocket League team working in collaboration with the Red Cross

Legacy Esports Behind the Scenes

Legacy worked hard in 2018 to build strategies in all areas, including performance, coaching, partnerships, media and content.

After the Adelaide Football Club appointed Tim Wendel as Head of Esports in 2017, Tim has gone on to be not only a leader for Legacy, but for esports in Oceania.

Along with Tim, the Club’s Chief Operating Officer Nigel Smart has been spearheading Legacy.

“Developing players, coaches and administrators is at the core of our philosophies,” Smart said.

“Esports is growing in Oceania and connecting young talent to global opportunities is part of our 2019 plan.”

Supported Team Acquisitions into Esports

Adelaide Football Club management has supported many of the esports acquisitions that have taken place in Australia so far.

This has brought a range of new investment opportunities and optimism to esports in Oceania.

“We will continue to provide advice and support across sporting teams, league and publishers to help continue to grow esports in Australia and allow players to be the best they can be,” Smart said.

Adelaide Football Club High Performance Centre

Throughout 2018, the Club built the Samsung High Performance Esports Centre in Adelaide which will be used by schools, teams and Legacy Esports players in 2019.

A range of content opportunities will be explored though AFC Media and our Legacy Esports media team as we utilise this facility.

High School Esports League

Legacy also played a major role in starting the High School Esports League, where grassroots pathways for gamers are being established in a supportive school environment.

2018 High School Esports League highlights include:

  • More than 70 high schools
  • More than 100 teams
  • 300+ matches played
  • More than 670 participants
  • Five live finals
  • 72,500 mins watched on Twitch

Linking HSEL to our Legacy Esports teams is a vision we are working to create as HSEL continues to grow in 2019.

Engaging Partners and Sponsors

Legacy Esports had a great range of partners in 2018 and we appreciate them all, particularly Samsung, our major partner.

In 2019, we will engage and develop our partnership relationships that will support and reinforce Legacy and our teams.

Legacy Esports and our administration team will ensure that every one of our partnerships will create growth, value and positive outcomes for every partner.

Balance and Consolidation for 2019

After the experience gained in 2018, Legacy Esports will be looking at 2019 to consolidate and strengthen our position within the Oceanic esports landscape.

We will make a number of changes to our rosters in the coming months – with all the changes based on a sustainable and long-term approach.

“We have long-term growth plans for both Legacy Esports and the High School Esports League, which involves developing the best up and coming talent in Oceania,” Smart said.

Legacy has a strong history of developing some of the best League of Legends players, such as Lawrence ‘Lost’ Hui, who is now playing for powerhouse, Echo Fox, in America.

Head of Esports Tim Wendel said that Legacy’s support staff have considerable experience in developing talent and are excited about the prospect of nurturing the next crop of gamers.

“We’ve had many first time OPL players start here and go on to have successful careers,” Wendel said.

“I have no doubt that this new generation of players will be able to do the same.

“The coaching staff at Legacy will be doing their utmost to upskill our players, with the intent of being more than competitive in all areas in 2019.”

With this focus, everyone at Legacy Esports looks forward to 2019 with enthusiasm and optimism.

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