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Paladins: Fnatic enter the PPL!

Since the open beta dropped in September 2016, Paladins has witnessed a meteoric rise in popularity, welcoming more than 15 million players and becoming the most-played new Steam game of the year. Inevitably, that growth of players has warranted a demand for a top-tier esports league, and thanks to WESA and Hi-Rez Studios, that is now becoming a reality.

Today, we’re proud to be announcing Fnatic’s participation in the inaugural season of the Paladins Premier League! The second professional esports competition player under WESA regulations, the PPL will bring together ten of the world’s premier esports organisations with the ambition to expand further.

We’re excited to build yet another world-class roster ready to compete on the global stage. Stand by for a further announcement to find out who will be wearing the hallmark black and orange when we launch our new team!

Fnatic to join the PPL.

About WESA

WESA was founded in May 2016 and counts as its Members thirteen of the world’s most popular esports teams (EnVyUS, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, OpTic Gaming, Renegades, SK Gaming, Splyce and Virtus.pro) together with ESL, the world’s largest esports company. This elite group shares a collective vision to continue to professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations and revenue sharing for teams. Based on traditional sports association models, WESA also aims to create predictable schedules for fans, players, organizers and broadcasters by engaging all appropriate stakeholders. Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Paladins are the first two professional esports competition played under WESA regulations.

About Hi-Rez Studios

Atlanta-based Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment, and is now one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast United States. Its latest games include SMITE: Battleground of the Gods, a mythological third-person multiplayer online battle arena; Paladins: Champions of the Realm, a highly-customizable fantasy team-based shooter; and Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, a turn-based strategy collectible card game. More at www.hirezstudios.com.

About Fnatic

Fnatic is a leading, global esports organization with professional teams in the most popular games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and more. Since being founded in 2004 by Sam Mathews, Fnatic teams have collected numerous honors including winning the first ever LCS World Championship and winning three CS:GO Majors, in addition to other major gaming titles.

Fnatic is headquartered in London, United Kingdom with additional offices and gaming houses in Berlin, Belgrade, Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur. For more information about Fnatic, visit www.fnatic.com.