Just over a week ago, Riot handed down a ban on League of Legends Championship Series teams Renegades and Team Impulse and Challenger Series team Team Dragon Knights. The teams had until May 18 to sell their spots in their respective leagues.
A previous report tied North American gaming organization EnvyUs to the spot, and on the day of the deadline, it appears that deal has been completed. ESPN's Jacob Wolf reports Riot has approved EnvyUs's bid, and EnvyUs owner Mike Rufail announced the news on Twitter.
I can officially say that I am a @lolesports League Championship Series team owner. It's a great day for @TeamEnVyUshttps://t.co/iOl4DWsgRi— Mike Rufail (@hastr0) May 18, 2016
Wolf reports EnvyUs has also signed top laner Shin "Seraph" Woo-yeong, mid laner Noh "Ninja" Geon-woo and support Nickolas "Hakuho" Surgent, all former Renegades players. The team has also hired former Renegades league manager Matt Akhavan as its general manager.
Envyus is mostly known for being involved with shootings winning the MLG Pro League Season 3 in Call of Duty and also holding teams in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Gears of War and Halo 5. In CS:GO, EnVy finished in second place at ESL One Cologned 2015 and won DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015. EnVy's first venture into MOBAs was with Smite, winning the Xbox One tournament at the 2016 Smite World Championship.
A buyer for Team Impulse's spot has not yet been announced. TIP previously failed to sell its spot before the 2016 Spring Split.