Two of the players instrumental in the success of the Fnatic League of Legends team will be joining a new North American franchise in the upcoming season.
Sources close to the players have confirmed with Breitbart that both Seong “Huni” Hoon Heo and Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin shall be joining team Immortals after prolonged talks.
It was a great year for Fnatic’s League of Legends team. They achieved back-to-back first place finishes in the Spring and Summer seasons, including an 18-0 undefeated season, a feat never done before. Their World Championship run saw them make the semi-finals. Despite the success, the organisation has found themselves unable to retain the talent that achieved it, with their players being tempted to North America where they can earn substantially more money.
Given how highly respected both players are after their incredible achievements, their chosen destination may surprise a few people. With Immortals being a new franchise, having only acquired Team 8 in October this year, there is no pedigree with which to lure players to their banner. However, with what one source referred to as “sheer spending power,” the organisation won’t have any issues with attracting top players to their banner.
The Immortals franchise is another one of an increasing number of League of Legends-focused gaming organisations that are funded by a venture capitalist group. Some of the noteworthy investors in this team include Peter Levin, the president of Lionsgate Interactive Venture and Games, Steve Kaplan, a co-owner of the basketball franchise Memphis Grizzlies, and the business arm of the band Linkin Park.
One source indicated that the move was almost completed and added that the deal should make them among the highest paid players in the region. “The only way the deal could fall through now would be if someone made an insane bid, which seems unlikely,” the source added.