CBLoL Franchised Teams for 2021 Season Announced
If you’re a fan of CBLoL, there’s a reason to celebrate — we finally know which teams have been selected to become permanent franchise partners starting with the 2021 competitive season! Now, fans of competitive League were long afraid of what franchising could do to their favorite esports. Many horror stories of these things going awry and esports, as fragile and (relatively) young as it is, didn’t seem like the right fit.
Fortunately, those who doubted were quickly proven wrong. Both the North American LCS and European LEC prospered in many different ways once they were franchised. Things seem to be improving at a steady pace with new sponsorships, better production, and record-breaking viewership. All in all, franchising proved to be the right step for competitive League, although we should still analyze its effect on a case-by-case basis.
What Teams Will Compete?
So, which CBLoL 2021 teams have gotten the nod from Riot Games?
- Cruzeiro eSports
- Falkol Prodigy
- Flamengo Esports
- FURIA Esports
- KaBuM! e-Sports
- paiN Gaming
- Red Canids Kalunga
- Rensga Esports
This whole vetting process first began in June. We already know that Riot has a very strict and thorough approach to selecting permanent partners, and that’s for a good reason. They focus on the long-term plan and require their partners to do the same. They’re in this for the long haul. Having financial sustainability and a well-established structure on which to build upon is of the utmost importance.
The CBLoL is one of the biggest and most popular regions in the world of competitive League. That might come as a surprise if you haven’t been a fan, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Brazilian fans are extremely passionate. They follow this esport with a fervor and passion that’s hard to match. And their split finals ceremonies? Out of this world.
We can only hope that the CBLoL will benefit from franchising as much as other regions did. With the LCK also shifting to the franchised model, it’ll be interesting to observe its effect on competitive League as a whole, and whether there are any outliers.
In any case, there’s a reason for optimism!