League of Legends

Cloud9 sign LoL star Perkz following G2 Rekkles transfer

Published: 20/Nov/2020 20:08 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 21:24

by Theo Salaun

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Confirming weeks of rumors, G2 Esports’ Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic is officially leaving the LEC for the North American LCS, as the legendary Western mid laner joining Cloud9’s League of Legends roster ahead of 2021. 

Known to many as one of Europe’s greatest LoL players ever, Perkz was G2’s longest-serving player, but appeared destined to move on as he sought a return to his preferred role in the mid lane. Earlier in November, reports suggested that Cloud9 paid up for the $5 million buyout and would be signing Perkz when the market opened on November 16.

Some days past that point and just as Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson was announced as a star signing and replacement for G2, Cloud9 have officialized their newest addition and have quickly become early favorites in NA.

The team was particularly complimentary of Perkz in their announcement, making sure fans know exactly how prestigious this signing is (and why he cost so much to acquire): “We are bringing the most accomplished and most impactful Western player in the history of League of Legends to C9LoL.”

As for their new star’s expectations for the team and himself, he was also very clear about what a big deal this should be: “I’m not coming here to retire. I’m coming here to dominate and absolutely demoralize my opponents and to take this region higher than it’s ever been before. So, watch me.”

Having played in the LEC for his entire career, Perkz comes with a stacked mantle, as he led G2 to eight European championships during his time there. From rookie awards to All-Pro nods and an IEM MVP selection, the veteran midlaner is as established a Western star as can be, and he hopes to return to that success in his first North American foray.

It was a weird finale to his time with G2, as Perkz was believed to have wanted the mid role to himself, but the presence of Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther made that all but impossible. Instead, the two parties opted to part ways (amicably, if Perkz and team owner Carlos ‘ocelote’ Santiago are to be believed), with G2 bringing in the renowned Rekkles and Perkz getting to play the role he prefers on Cloud9.

So far, Perkz appears to be as excited about the change in scenery as C9 fans are. In a follow-up to his announcement tweet, the star made a bold challenge to himself and his team: “2021 will be the first year NA places higher than EU.”

If that’s to be the case, then Perkz will have to prove that his reunion with Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen is more than wholesome, but an actual threat to the LoL standings. 

Business

TikTokers Josh Richards & Griffin Johnson become Royal Ravens co-owners

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:00

by Albert Petrosyan

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TikTok superstars and original members of the Sway House, Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson, have become investors in ReKTGlobal, the parent company of the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens franchise and Rogue.

The news was announced on December 1 as two of the biggest names on TikTok have officially become co-owners of the London Royal Ravens and Rogue of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

“Griffin and Josh have uniquely captured the attention of Generation Z and beyond, and their influence is undeniable. They are both incredible additions to the ReKTGlobal ownership team,” said Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal. “They have strong business instincts, a unique talent for developing viral content, and an understanding of how to connect with younger audiences and casual gamers.”

Combined, Richards (23.4M) and Johnson (9.8M) boast over 33 million followers on TikTok as well as similarly huge numbers on most main social media platforms. ReKTGlobal envisions their massive online presence will play a key role as the pair will develop new content, merchandise collaborations, and promotions with the Royal Ravens and Rogue.

Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson join ReKTGlobal
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Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson repping merch from the teams they now co-own.

“They are natural-born hustlers and have leveraged their TikTok fame to step into acting and music, becoming entrepreneurs and investors in the process,” Bialek added. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to the ReKTGlobal family as we continue to bridge the gap between the world of esports, entertainment and pop culture.”

Griffin Johnson shared similar sentiments as the news of their investment became public, having roots as an avid gamer and Call of Duty fan.

“The fact that I can now say I own a part of London Royal Ravens and Team Rogue is unbelievably surreal,” he said. “I am thankful to Dave and Amish for allowing me into the ReKTGlobal family with open arms. Can’t wait to get to work and help bridge the gap between traditional social media and esports.”

ReKTGlobal is a huge esports org
ReKTGlobal
ReKTGlobal’s reach and presence in esports is massive.

As for Josh Richards, this isn’t the first time he’s been involved with ReKTGlobal; in May 2020, his creator management company, TalentX Entertainment, embarked on a joint venture with ReKTGlobal called TalentX Gaming, a talent management company with a focus on gaming and esports athletes and content creators.

“Coming on as an investor to ReKTGlobal was genuinely a no-brainer,” he commented. “After a few meetings with the C-suite at ReKTGlobal, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.”

The TikTok megastars are the latest in a long list of celebrity figures who have joined ReKTGlobal as investors, including legendary DJ Steve Aoki, Grammy-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, international producer Nicky Romero, NBA defensive star Rudy Gobert, NFL player Landon Collins, and, most recently, star YouTuber Vikkstar.