Sweden-based organisation Alliance officially announced on Wednesday (17 March) their expansion into Southeast Asia with their acquisition of a Singaporean League of Legends: Wild Rift team.
Alliance's new Wild Rift team is comprised of Singaporean players Alex “SSK” Tan, Kenneth “Raven” Goh, Chua “CwJ” Wee Kiat, and Hoong “Kryonics” Fan Kai, as well as Thai player Warich “Rich” Kittiwattanawong.
In addition, the team will be coached by John “Glaceox” Lim and managed by Teo “JayBee7” Jie Bin.
Shinsekai, Raven, Rich, and Kryonics previously played League of Legends on PC before they switched to the game's official mobile port. Shinsekai, Raven, and Rich notably competed in the 2020 Pacific Championship Series with Singaporean organisation RSG (then known as Resurgence) while Kryonics played for the Singapore Sentinels in the Garena Premier League.
"With their extensive experience, Alliance put full faith in the greatness that will come from this squad," Alliance said in a press release.
"This is the first time I have been part of an international organization after being in the competitive scene for a long time and with that my personal goal is to make our team not only the best in the country, but the best in the region," said SSK, who has also been designated as the team captain.
"Wild Rift is going to become an AAA mobile title, and I couldn't be happier that we now get to foster a team whom we aim to help grow into globally recognised champions,” said Alliance CEO and co-founder Jonathan "Loda" Berg.
Alliance's new Wild Rift team will make their official debut in the Singaporean leg of the League of Legends: Wild Rift 2021 SEA Icon Series: Preseason event, scheduled for 26 - 28 March.
The organisation's Wild Rift team will also be its sixth division. Alliance is currently operating teams competing in Dota 2, Valorant, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, Fortnite Battle Royale, Apex Legends, and Super Smash Bros.
Alliance was founded in April 13 by Team Razer and Alex Garfield, who also founded renown North American organisation Evil Geniuses. Later that year, Alliance's flagship Dota 2 team won The International 2013 (TI3) to cement their place as one of the premier organisations in Europe.
In 2016, Alliance became an independent, player-owned organisation, with Loda, Joakim "Akke" Akterhall, and Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg — who were all part of the team that won TI3 — becoming co-owners.
Loda, who played for Singapore-based Team Zenith in 2012 before he returned to his home country of Sweden to establish the team that would later become Alliance, expressed his excitement for his organisation's expansion into Singapore and Southeast Asia.
“In many ways my pro Dota 2 career started in Singapore, with myself competing together with a local team back in 2012. We have always worked towards Alliance getting the chance to support a team from this very special sunny island that I currently call my second home," said Loda.
Alliance's Dota 2 team is notably heading to Singapore for the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major, scheduled from 27 March to 4 April.
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