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SK Telecom T1 to rebrand following partnership with Comcast

Published: 25/Feb/2019 11:17 Updated: 25/Feb/2019 11:21

by Joe O'Brien


One of the most recognizable names in esports, SK Telecom T1, is set to rebrand following a partnership with Comcast Spectacor.

SK Telecom and Comcast have announced a joint esports venture to create T1 Entertainment & Sports, which will house SK Telecom’s renowned League of Legends team and intends to field squads in a number of other titles.

SK Telecom is the most storied and successful organization in League of Legends history. Home to Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, considered almost universally as the greatest player of all time, SKT has collected three world championships and six LCK titles, a trophy cabinet that no other organization in League of Legends can come close to.

Though the new organization will keep the “T1” to its name, the change is nevertheless a dramatic shift, marking, among other things, the first time that Faker will compete under a name other than SK Telecom.

Riot GamesFaker, one of the most recognizable figures in esports, has always been associated with the SK Telecom brand.

While best known in the modern day for its League of Legends team, SK Telecom has also housed some of the most legendary names in StarCraft, including the likes of Lim ‘Boxer’ Yo-hwan and Choi ‘iloveoov’ Yeon-sung.

This isn’t the first venture into esports for Comcast Spectacor, who also own Overwatch League Season One runners-up Philadelphia Fusion. Both the Philadelphia Fusion and its academy team, Fusion University, will remain separate from T1 Entertainment & Sports and entirely under Comcast Spectacor, however.

While the SKT League of Legends squad will headline T1 Entertainment & Sports, the new organization will also look to enter a variety of other games, including Fortnite, PUBG, Super Smash Bros and Hearthstone.

According to a report by EsportsObserver, T1 Entertainment & Sports has already signed a team for Apex Legends, but the line-up has yet to be revealed.

T1 Entertainment & Sports have also yet to announce their branding beyond the name, so it remains to be seen if the iconic SK Telecom red and white will carry over to this new organization.

League of Legends

LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: Perkz’s debut for Cloud9 goes awry

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 2:52

by Andrew Amos


The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.

  • 100 Thieves, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas open up LCS Lock In with wins.
  • Perkz’s Cloud9 debut goes awry with 4/7/2 statline on Yone.
  • Golden Guardians vs CLG next at 7pm PT / 10pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm