|OG Esports field teams to compete in VALORANT|
'Bambino' Jay joining LDN, this merger will not affect the current roster of both teams in their respective leagues. OG Esports will still field a team to compete in the VALORANT Regional League France after announcing their starting line-up on Thursday (5/5), but players will be released at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, OG has not been involved in the top competition VALORANT in 2022, by failing to qualify for the VCT Challengers and instead competing in the Regional League France during Stage 1.
Meanwhile, LDN UTD, has penetrated the FPS game scene since March 2021 and its team, which consists mostly of players from Lithuania, is eligible for VCT EMEA Challengers on the Stage 1 circuit. According to two European VALORANT insiders CocoJD and BoDork, other organizations are also interested in buying Challengers LDN slots.
The OG LDN UTD squad at Challengers will compete in co-branded jerseys, and normal operations for the team will continue under UTD LDN Head of Esports Ali "Rezi" Rashid and OG Esports Head of Esports Mike Schwartz, according to a press release reported by Dexerto. "OG's reputation in esports is well earned and highly respected, and through this unique partnership we will be able to continue to support our existing VALORANT team and give them the best opportunity to pursue success and fulfill their ambitions," said LDN UTD founder and CEO Oliver Weingarten, quoted from Dexerto.
"We look forward to working with OG to grow the community and host exciting co-events with them in London that further our ethos." LDN UTD is a relatively new esports organization compared to OG Esports and other teams in the FIFA, League of Legends, Fortnite, and VALORANT divisions. LDN finished fifth in the Challengers group at Stage 1 and traveled to the playoffs, but avoided relegation.
The new OG LDN UTD team will start the competition at Stage 2 Challengers on May 13, 2022.