Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers have announced the participation of their professional gaming division ‘Wolves eSports’ in the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) and is the first club from the English top-flight to do so.
Wolves eSports enters the Rocket League scene
Wolves eSports was founded on 7th November 2016 as the esports arm of the football club based in Wolverhampton. The division originally hosted a professional FIFA team and teams in Overwatch, CounterStrike and PUBG tournaments as well.
Now, they have announced their entry in the Rocket League Championship Series, hosted by Psyonix, the developers of Rocket League. The official announcement came from Russell Jones, the General Manager for Wolves Marketing and Commercial Growth.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of a Wolves esports Rocket League team. Millions of people around the world are playing Rocket League and, given its similarities to football, it felt like the perfect next step into esports,” Jones stated on November 5th.
“Gaming and esports remain a crucial part of our brand growth strategy and signing such talented and ambitious players to represent our Rocket League esports team is another step forward in our journey to build stories outside of football and widen the appeal of the Wolves brand across the world,” the GM added.
For the tournament series, the club has incorporated three professional Rocket League players: Luis “LuiisP” Puente Peña from Spain/Germany and two from the Netherlands, Ole “Oaly” van Doorn and Rix “Rix_Ronday” Ronday, the latter who has been elected as the Team Captain.
“It is a real honour to captain the first-ever Wolves Esports Rocket League team,” an excited Rix_Ronday stated, “I’m confident that we have recruited two of Rocket League’s most exciting talents in Ole and Luis and we are working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the RLCSX Winter Split kick-off.”
The team is expected to clash with the Rocket League team of FC Barcelona eSports who also have been in the Rocket League scene since last year, as well as Guild Esport, owned by David Beckham.