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Online gaming is heating up. Let’s take a look at the best eSports teams in the world:
Games: League of Legends, Starcraft 2, Starcraft: Brood War.
Samsung Galaxy, previously known as Samsung KHAN, is one of the most successful eSports teams from South Korea. They are competing in League of Legends (LoL) and Starcraft.
Samsung is one of eSport’s top earning teams with over $2.1 million in prize money won in 240 tournaments.
The League of Legends team was acquired in 2013 and has won the 2014 World Championship for a staggering first place prize of one million dollars!
Samsung has held two sister teams in LoL at that time in order to improve the practice schedules of both teams. The company is home to such popular players as DanDy, Looper and Mata.
Games: Counter-Strike, CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends, FPS Duel, Smite, World of Warcraft.
SK Gaming is one the world’s oldest eSports organizations. The company was founded in 1997 under the name Schroet Kommando in Oberhausen, Germany.
Nowadays it has offices in Cologne, Germany, and Stockholm, Sweden. With a professional and innovative employee structure, SK Gaming has became a medium-sized business.
The organization entered the League of Legends scene in 2010 and came in second at the World Cyber Games Grand Finals in the same year, losing to Counter Logic Gaming.
Since then, the team has constantly been participating in big tournaments and managed to win three titles and collect several top 4 finishes during that time span.
Games: Dota 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Starcraft 2, CrossFire.
Invictus Gaming (IG) is a Chinese multi-platform eSports organization. It was founded with the purchase of Catastrophic Cruel Memory, the best team at that time, in August 2011.
The company owns one of the oldest League of Legends teams in China. It decided to add Korean professional gamers to its team during Season 5 of the Chinese LPL.
That move was supposed to enable IG to compete in the World Championship against the dominating Korean forces. However, their performance on the International stage in 2015 was disappointing as their team finished last in the group and ended in 13-16th place.
The group has also become the flagship of the Chinese Dota scene in recent years.
Games: CS: GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends, Starcraft 2.
Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) is Latin for “born to win”. Na’Vi is a Ukrainian multi-gaming organization, which was founded in 2009 as a Counter-Strike team after the collapse of the team KerchNET.
A Dota branch was created in October 2010 by signing several professional gamers like Goblak and XBOCT.
In 2013, Natus Vincere started an all female team and soon after the organization began expanding to the North American market with their signing of the North American Rejects in 2014.
After missing the qualification for the Fall Major, Na’Vi announced the departure of their Dota 2 team.
In contrast to Dota, Natus Vincere’s Counter-Strike team was a huge success. It was the first team in history to win three major tournaments in one year: Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup and World Cyber Games 2010.
Games: CS:GO, Dota 2, Starcraft 2.
Virtus.pro is a Russian eSports organization, most famous for their Counter-Strike and Dota 2 teams.
The team was founded in 2003 and has won more than 100 gold, 170 silver and 220 bronze medals in more than 10 eSports disciplines. During that time the company has accumulated over $900,000 in winnings.
A women’s only team was also added to the roster on the 5th of September 2012.
Virtus.pro Polar was formed on September 18, 2014, by NVMI players. The team has been re-branded to ASUS.Polar as an attempt to create a separate brand under a single ownership.
The ambitious project didn’t work out as the founders had hoped and therefore the team has been merged with the main Victus.pro roster and doesn’t exist anymore as a brand.
Games: CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Starcraft 2.
Fnatic is a professional eSports organization, which consists of players from all around the world. The company has several teams competing in various games.
Fnatic is probably the strongest European team since the early days of competitive League of Legends. The squad has participated in the finals of all six LCS championships and has won five of them.
It was founded on the 23rd of July 2004, by Anne and Sam Mathews. One of the first teams acquired was playing Counter Strike.
The team initially had some troubles reaching international success, but after a change in its lineup, the tides turned in 2006 with several important tournament victories.
Games: CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros., Call of Duty, Overwatch.
Cloud9 is a North American eSports organization fielding teams in several popular online games. The team was once known as Quantic Gaming, but after they left their sponsor the players started to participate in tournaments under the name NomNom.
Even though the organization is fairly new to the scene, its teams were already able to collect several important victories.
The League of Legends team has been especially successful, winning in the MLG Winter Championship and NA LCS Spring Playoffs.
The squad has won over $2.5 million in prize money and taken part in over 210 tournaments.
Games: Dota 2, League of Legends, Starcraft 2.
Evil Geniuses (EG) is an eSports organization based in San Francisco, United States. The group was founded by Alexander Garfield in 1999 and initially started as a Counter-Strike team in the late 90’s.
Nowadays EG has become a subsidiary of GoodGame Agency, which is owned by Amazon.inc.
Another team owned by GoodGame is the popular European-based organization Alliance, which is also competing in eSports.
The Evil Geniuses won a staggering $18,377,817.00 at the Dota tournament, “The International 2015”. This is the biggest prize money in eSports history.
The company acquired a Dota team in 2008 and added another professional team to its roster, when they entered the Starcraft: Brood War scene in 2009.
Games: League of Legends, Starcraft 2.
SK Telecom T1 is a professional gaming team based in South Korea. The Starcraft: Brood War team was founded under the name Orion in 2002 by Lim “Boxer” Yo-Hwan .
Their most popular team is its League of Legends division. The team managed to win the World Series two times and is home to Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, the best player in the world.
The squad has won several other titles over the years including the LCK Spring Playoffs, the SK Telecom Proleague, and LoL Championship Summer Season.
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