FC Barcelona announced they will be entering the League of Legends Superliga starting in 2022, expanding their field in esports. Barça looks to expand their esports team as they currently have three teams competing in eFootballPES, Rocket League, and Hearthstone.
The League of Legends Superliga is one of the most competitive esports competitions in Spain. As the highest-level competition, the Superliga has teams such as Mad Lions Madrid, UCAM Esports Club, G2 Arctic, and Vodafone Giants compete in their tournament.
Internationally known as a powerhouse in traditional sports, FC Barcelona has recognized the widespread popularity of esports and began to commit to this new field of competition. With the Barça League of Legends team on its way, fans internationally are excited to see the new team compete in the Superliga next year.
The addition of the League of Legends team couldn't have come at a better time as well. According to the FC Barcelona website, the 2021 Superliga recorded its highest viewing numbers throughout the season with over almost five million views. The tournament also gained 2.6 million viewing hours, going up 39% since 2020 with numbers continuing to rise.
FC Barcelona wants to continue to expand its development in the esports field by taking this next step into League of Legends, adding more competition for the upcoming 2022 Superliga.