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Top soccer club FC Schalke 04 signs 'League of Legends' team

Engadget Engadget 16/05/2016 Nick Summers
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When West Ham United and VfL Wolfsburg signed their first eSports players, the deals were surprising but fairly understandable. After all, both clubs were supporting FIFA -- a video game franchise that ties back into their normal soccer (or football, as it's known to most of the world) businesses. Now, FC Schalke 04 -- one of the top clubs in the German Bundesliga -- has bucked the trend and signed a League of Legends team instead. Formerly known as Elements, the new-look squad comprises of Etienne "Steve" Michels, Hampus "Fox" Myhre, Berk "Gilius" Demir, Rasmus "MrRalleZ" Skinneholm, and Hampus "Sprattel" Abrahamsson.

League of Legends is one of the biggest games played on a professional level. With growing audiences, prize pools and sponsorships, it's not too surprising to see a traditional sports club wading in. FC Schalke 04 has the finances to sign some of the game's best players, as well as staff that can provide vital support and advice. Elements is by no means a dominant force in the League community, but it does have a legacy dating back to 2013, when it competed under the name Alliance. With Schalke's help, it's possible the team can grow into World Championship contenders.

FC Schalke 04

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