Spanish football giants Barcelona have confirmed that they will join League of Legends’ Superliga in 2022 after purchasing the spot of S2V Esports. They will be joined by another new team for the league, one owned by popular streamer Ibai Llanos and Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué.
This is one of Barcelona’s biggest move in the esports industry to date. They opted to compete in Konami’s eFootball.Pro league instead of FIFA-based eLaLiga Santander and have also fielded talent in Hearthstone and Rocket League, seeing mixed success.
The club will participate in the Superliga, the highest-tier League of Legends league in Spain, organised by the Professional Video Games League. Barcelona will join the Superliga from the 2022 season. The Superliga is one of the most-watched esports leagues in Europe, with almost five million viewers in the 2021 season. Furthermore, the grand final was watched by more than 300 thousand viewers, according to a release provided by FC Barcelona.
A number of prominent esports brands from Europe have teams in the Superliga, such as MAD Lions Madrid and G2 Arctic. Real Betis, another football club, also has a team in the league, called Cream Real Betis.
Fans will be able to see the Barcelona live in action from January 2022, when the Superliga commences.