League of Legends

LoL fans smash charity goal for random woman mistaken for C9 Perkz on Twitter

Published: 2/Feb/2021 2:20

by Alan Bernal

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The League of Legends community has shown up in droves for a random woman in Leicester, who was mistaken for Cloud9’s blockbuster acquisition Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković on Twitter, smashing a charity goal on the way.

One of the most wholesome twists in the early season for the League of Legends Championship Series in 2021 has been developing off the Rift.

A confusion with Twitter handles has put the spotlight on Emily Perkins (@Perkz), who definitely isn’t one of the greatest Western LoL players to ever grace the game, and it’s been growing ever since.

Even more hilariously, the Leicester woman caught up in the League of Legends craze also owns a guinea pig, that happens to be called “Fudge.”

That led to its own memes, including images of Ibrahim ‘Fudge’ Allami, C9’s top laner, edited as a guinea pig. Everyone’s leaning into the hilarity.

From fans to the official LCS account, and even C9, people are loving the social media snafu. In fact, it’s actually leading to a positive development: League fans have started helping Perkins with her ‘Tour de France’ fundraising cause.

More precisely, Perkins is currently chugging along an in-house Tour de France, which she calls ‘Emily’s Tour De Living Room,’ to raise money for the Laura Centre that “provides support for families who have lost a child, or to children going through bereavement,” as she describes it.

Initially, she wanted to raise 10 pounds (near 13.67 USD) for every mile, with the idea of doing 9 km (about 5.6 miles) every day until she completes the 3500 km (roughly 2174.799 miles) circuit, for a total goal of 350 pounds (478.50 USD).

Well, she’s completely broken that goal.

As of today, the esports world has bombarded her charity, raising about £2,688 (or $3,674.90) and has become one of C9’s newest outspoken fans.

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Esports came together for @Perkz, who isn’t Cloud9’s mid laner.

“[Team Liquid] may have the LCS Lock In title but we got @Perkz on our side so who really won here?” Cloud9’s Twitter account said, once again tagging Perkins to keep the meme alive.

“I think we all know the answer to this! Cloud9 forever! Prepare for a Mjölnir moment in the next match – we are going to smash it ! …. when is it BTW?” Perkins replied.

It’s clear that she’s barely getting the ropes of gaming’s larger ecosystem, but Perkins has seamlessly integrated into C9’s widely-known meme-culture and it’s turning out to create something good out of it.

League of Legends

Schalke 04 considering selling LEC slot for €20m

Published: 24/Feb/2021 19:50 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Lauren Bergin

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League of Legends has become a household name for gamers and esports fans everywhere. German football club, Schalke 04, have been in the league for almost 5 years, but are considering selling their place in the LEC for €20m ($24.3m). 

When it comes to esports, League of Legends is arguably the biggest, with major tournaments in countries all over the world, as well as prize pools that boggle the mind.

The European leg of competitive LoL, the LEC, is one of the game’s most dominant Leagues. With the Spring Split well underway, teams like G2 Esports and Rogue sit at the top of the pack, but others aren’t doing so well.

One of these is Schalke 04 team, who have attained a meagre sixth place over the past few weeks. Now, the team has announced that selling its LEC spot could be in consideration as the larger football club is looking for a way to stay afloat during the global health crisis.

Schalke 04 considering selling LEC slot

As first reported by Paul Arrivé of French news outlet L’Equipe, the club are considering selling their LEC slot for a supposed €20 million.

This has likely been prompted by a poor performance by the soccer team in the German Bundesliga, who currently are in last place with only nine points from 22 games. Coupled with financial difficulties associated with the current global crisis and the departure of ex-president Clemens Tönnes after a wave of controversy, it seems like Schalke are in a pretty bad spot.

During a Q&A on Twitch, Schalke confirmed “there is an opportunity that we have to look into selling the (LEC) slot because the slot has big value.” The club later revealed that a decision might come in late May or June.

Selling on their LEC slot will net them over 100% profit. Dropping the team would save the organization the costs involved in running a pro esports team, as well as the staggering €8 ($9) million LEC entry fees.

Considering that Schalke are a soccer team at their core, this money could easily flow back into the sports side of the business to attempt to rebuild their somewhat tarnished reputation.

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Schalke 04 have been staples in the LEC since 2019.

If the sale takes place, the 2021 Schalke Miracle Run to Worlds might be over before it begins. Only time will tell whether or not we see the Royal Blue squad in the LEC again, or whether or not it’ll be another LoL team battling for center stage.