NRG Sells Their League of Legends Challenger Slot

Today NRG has announced that J2K Esports and Technology LLC has purchased their League of Legends Challenger Slot  and will operate it under their new brand named Gold Coin United.

Brett Lautenbach, president of NRG Esports, said that, although the decision was not one made easily, the organization had to move on and focus their efforts on scenes outside of League.

“We have the highest level of commitment to our current rosters and want to give them all the attention they deserve,” wrote Lautenbach, “We wish J2K well in Challenger. To our League of Legends fans, thank you for all of your support. We look forward to one day fielding a roster you will be proud of.”

The buying and selling of slots is nothing new to NRG, who entered the LCS in November 2015 after buying Team Coast’s spot in the 2016 Spring Split. NRG then went on to place fifth in the following Spring Split, and ninth in the Summer season. It wasn’t long until the tournament favorites failed in the Spring Promotion tournament, where they were unfortunately eliminated 3-0 by Echo Fox and relegated to Challenger.

J2K is co-owned by New York real estate agent James Kuhn, who is also the president of the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank real estate firm. He will be running the team alongside his son, Jake, though neither parties have any previous affiliation to competitive gaming.


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