Irish tournament organizer Legion Esports + Media and Dublin esports organization Nativz Gaming have announced a new strategic partnership.
The deal will see the existing Legion Collegiate Esports Series taken over by Nativz Gaming. This series has included the likes of League of Legends, Valorant, CSGO, Rainbow Six Siege, F1 and Rocket League, with FIFA set to follow.
Plus, Legion Esports + Media’s e-commerce brand GamerStore.ie has entered into a three-year partnership with Nativz Gaming.
As the start of the series approaches, it has also been confirmed that the team responsible for day-to-day management will remain in place for what will now be known as the Nativz Collegiate Esports Series.
Nativz also have their own League of Legends team, who will face MNM Gaming in the upper bracket best-of-five final in the NLC Division 1 promotion tournament on Monday September 26th.
Nativz moved into the UK/Ireland/Nordics NLC after playing in Denmark’s Telia Esports Series last year.
“We’re delighted to see the continued growth of student esports in Ireland, and we’re looking forward to working with Nativz Gaming as they take over this exciting student esports series,” said Legion Esports + Media CEO Stuart Dempsey.
Nativz Gaming co-founder and chairperson Kurt Pittman added: “I’d like to thank Stuart and the Legion team as we look forward to a great mutual partnership, ultimately ensuring a really exciting future for student esports in Ireland.
“We’ve also been really impressed with the commitment from Yannick Gloster, Ronan Monaghan and Sam Molloy as leaders in the collegiate esports scene to ensure there’s stability for the existing community as we get ready for the upcoming series.
“We’re really excited by this unique opportunity to support the continued growth of collegiate esports in Ireland and welcoming everyone associated to the series into our Nativz community.”
Legion Collegiate Esports was launched by Legion Esports + Media in September 2021 attracting over 650 third level students from 37 universities and colleges across Ireland.
Legion Esports + Media is an Irish gaming and esports brand incorporating a number of properties including the GamerFest event (which is returning to Dublin in October 2022), Legion Esports, Legion Creators and GamerStore.ie.
Students can register for the coming 2022 Nativz Collegiate Esports Series from 5pm today (September 23rd 2022). Registrations will be open for two weeks. To register, visit www.nativz.gg/collegiate
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.