According to a report by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, who cited industry sources, French online media company Webedia have purchased European Challenger Series side Team HUMA’s spot from previous owner Behdad Jaafarian for $70,000, and will brand the team as Paris Saint-Germain eSports.
Jaafarian and HUMA were banned from all Riot-sanctioned leagues in August. According to Riot Games, “Despite multiple clarifications on payment requirements by League Officials including an official warning in March 2016, HUMA remains unable to meet their contractual obligations with both former and current players.”
A week ago, PSG announced the partnership with Webedia, also owner of EU CS team Millenium. It is currently unknown how Webedia will manage its relationship with Millenium following HUMA’s acquisition and rebrand to Paris Saint-Germain eSports.
The French club become the most recent football club to enter the League of Legends scene, following Schalke 04’s steps, who entered Esports in May, following the acquisition of European League of Legends side Elements. After a promising start to the season, the “Königsblauen” ended the regular season in 8th place, and were ultimately relegated from the EU LCS after losing the decisive series against Misfits in the EU Promotion Tournament.