Dire Wolves acquire rivaling AVANT Gaming organization
Early this morning Dire Wolves announced the acquisition of Avant Professional Esports. The ‘Wolfpack’ has grown considerably over the past year, with Avant being the third large acquisition after N8 Esports and the Sydney Drop Bears joined the fold last summer.
The latest moves also means the exit of Avant from competitive League of Legends in Oceania, and a likely rebrand of the CS:GO team.
We at Dire Wolves are very proud to welcome Avant Professional Esports to the pack! With their massive legacy in esports, we are so excited to have acquired them as the newest addition to the family. Can't wait to see what we can achieve going forward!#Wolfpack || #DWWIN pic.twitter.com/FI5GFUlotO
— LG Dire Wolves (@DireWolves) February 17, 2021
Dire Wolves & Avant Professional Esports acquisition details
The latest acquisition sees Dire Wolves complete the “full set”, as they enter almost every competitive esport in the region. The official DW press release was filled with positivity about the acquisition as both parties praised the potential mutual benefits for the organizations and players.
Jason Spiller, owner of Dire Wolves stated:
“This is a historic moment for Oceanic esports with the new LCO beginning later this month, and with this huge new influx of talent and expertise joining the team, Dire Wolves is ready to be at the centre of it.”
Wes Collier, owner of Avant Gaming had positive things to say about the acquisition as well:
“The Dire Wolves and Avant have always shared an amazing rivalry and mutual respect as two of the leading and most storied esports organisations in Oceania, and this coming together heralds the end of an amazing journey for Avant, but a new era for both organizations, and the further establishment of the Dire Wolves as the dominant esports brand in the region”
The impact of the latest move was felt swiftly, as the official LCO (League of Legends Circuit Oceania) Twitter announced the replacement of AG from the team lineup with a brand new organization called Peace.
🐨🥝 A CHALLENGER APPROACHES 🥝🐨
— LCO – League of Legends Circuit Oceania (@LoLCircuitOCE) February 17, 2021
As for their other rosters, AG only fielded a full CS:GO lineup which is likely one of the main reasons for the acquisition.
Dire Wolves were yet to join the CS:GO scene in Oceania. The entire competitive landscape was largely a four horse race between ORDER, Chiefs, Avant Gaming and Renegades. Dire Wolves is now set to simply slot in for Avant into into the mix.
The move also ends any hopes of a Valorant return, after Avant dropped their initial roster on January 2nd, 2021.
We do hope the departure of one of the most storied Oceanic esports organizations doesn’t impact the ecosystem too heavily. Instead we hope OCE gets another strong contender internationally to form a trinity with with Renegades and Legacy.