G2 Esports partners with Blacklist International; set to compete on Wild Rift

G2 Esports are partnering up with Philippine-based esports organization Blacklist International and will field together a Wild Rift team to compete in Asia.

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G2 Esports – Blacklist co-branded Wild Rift team

The partnership will kick off the launch of G2 Blacklist – the co-branded team that will compete in League of Legends: Wild Rift, operating out of the Philippines.

Blacklist International is the official esports division of Tier One Entertainment, an esports and video gaming-oriented entertainment agency. With the goal of establishing itself as a leading esports organization, Blacklist International have decided to form a partnership with another leading esports organization like G2.

Given G2’s success within the esports scene across multiple titles, including League of Legends, Rocket League, and CS:GO, Blacklist found the perfect partner to participate in Riot’s new mobile game based on the PC game.

Alongside the partnership announcement, G2 Blacklist also announced its Wild Rift team, consisting of championship-caliber players:

  • Baron – Karl Ken “Karlll” Bautista
  • Jungle – Jairus Allain “Jace” Elgera
  • Mid – Jhon Mike “Xyliath” Tungol
  • Dragon – Richard “Demon” Lara
  • Support/Captain – Beaver-ed “Orthros” Villanueva
  • Sub/Baron – Allen Dean “Don” Viola
  • Head Coach – Hans “WUrahhhh” Solano
  • Assistant Coach – Keiya “XDXP” Laureta

The team will debut in the Phase 2 Qualifiers of the Wild Rift League Asia on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. The partnership between Tier One Entertainment and G2 will be bolstered by the launch of a new series called The Bootcamp, which will document the journey of the Wild Rift squad. In addition, world-renowned Philippine street artist Juanito “Quiccs” Maiquez will create an exclusive art piece to celebrate the collaboration.

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The CEOs of the two company comment on the partnership

Considering the importance of this deal, both companies’ CEOs have commented on the partnership.

Alban Dechelotte, CEO of G2 Esports, commented: “We’re combining the best of the East and the West to take a new Esports competition by storm. As two major winning organisations, the G2 and Blacklist partnership is one that was created with big ambitions. Blacklist is a winning team, full of successful people that have helped them dominate the mobile esports market. Asia is where Wild Rift is set to succeed and we wanted to be part of it and bring a G2 team to our fans in the region.”

Blacklist International is already a significant presence in games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Call of Duty Mobile.

Tryke Gutierrez, CEO of Tier One Entertainment, thinks the partnership is a game-chnager for the industry“G2 Blacklist is a “1 + 2 = 4” type of partnership. Two of the most popular and competitive teams in their respective regions working together is something truly special. I think this is a game-changer not just for Wild Rift esports, but for the industry as a whole. Alongside G2, we’re looking forward to bringing the Blacklist International brand to new audiences around the world.”

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