After dominating the European League of Legends Championship, Rogue is looking to build on its success by joining forces with the Spanish team KOI. Here is everything you need to know about the new partnership, the teams, their future goals together, and when the partnership will be set in motion.
Rogue is about to embark on its Worlds 2022 journey after defeating its demons and finally conquering Europe in the LEC Summer Finals 2022. But it looks like the LoL World Championship isn't the only thing on Rogue's mind, as they revealed on October 6 that they would band together with KOI next year.
In the announcement, the organizations shared that this partnership intends to broaden the opportunities of the two teams and to eventually become "the dominant force in esports and entertainment." In addition, this partnership will also strive to give the fans even more entertaining content.
What Is the Organization KOI?
KOI is an esports organization founded by former LVP caster Ibai Llanos and FC Barcelona football player Gerard Piqué. KOI was founded in 2021 and has had massive growth throughout the past year. The organization currently has two teams, one League of Legends team in the LVP SuperLiga and one team in Valorant, which recently qualified for the European Valorant Champions Tour.
Through KOI's model, the team has gained numerous fans from their engaging players, streamers and content creators, and Ibai himself.
If you haven't watched the LVP before, you might not have heard of KOI. However, the founder Ibai Llanos has had his appearances also on the big European stage. You might remember him from the LEC 2018 finals in Madrid, where he was hyping up the crowd when announcing the players on stage.
Ibai is a social media celebrity with the fourth most-followed channel in the world on Twitch. With the new collaboration, he will serve as the partnership's ambassador across KOI and Rogue. This includes KOI's LVP SuperLiga team and Valorant team.
In addition, the Rogue teams in Rocket League, Rainbow Six, Call of Duty, and League of Legends will be a part of this.
This is what the Spanish superstar had to say about the new collaboration:
“This partnership with Rogue just accelerates our growth and broadens our opportunities to provide the most engaging and exciting experiences for our fans. ¡Vamos!”
Rogue is delighted about the new partnership and says the "fans will be the ultimate winners in this transformative alliance."
Also, some of the LEC players have shared their excitement about the new collaboration. Larsen wrote "TE AMO KOIIIIIIIIII" and Comp said, in Spanish, that it was nice to meet everyone. On KOI's announcement post, also Rogue's toplaner Odoamne shared his excitement, saying it is time to learn Spanish.
When Will the Partnership Begin?
We know some of you might be extremely hyped about the news, but you might have to hold your horses for a bit longer as the partnership is still pending Riot Games' approval.
If everything turns out smoothly for the organizations, the partnership will kick off in early 2023.
Until then, we will get to enjoy the versatile meta in the ongoing LoL World Championship and see how far Rogue can make it this time around.
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