WA high-speed internet provider Pentanet has today been announced as the new owner of the Oceanic Pro League (OPL) licence previously owned and operated by Essendon Football Club.
Pentanet.GG, the new esports arm of Pentanet, will take ownership of the OPL licence effective immediately, with plans already underway for the team’s first competition in January 2020.
Essendon Chief Executive Officer Xavier Campbell said esports remains a significant growth area in global and local, sports and entertainment, but the decision to exit was made to focus on other initiatives the club felt were more compelling in the short to medium term.
“We are proud to have achieved domestic success in the Oceanic Pro League earlier this year and provided our esports team with the best and most professional training facilities in the country.”
The new esports arm of Perth’s own internet service provider, Pentanet, Pentanet.GG has been created with a focus on building a professionally regulated esports industry that connects Asia with Australia, backed by the power of the Perth telco delivering superfast internet speeds with gamers and esports fans front of mind.
As an avid gamer, Pentanet founder and Managing Director Stephen Cornish said it's always been at the heart of Pentanet to build the best network possible for fellow gamers.
“Pentanet came about from years of frustration of Perth being somewhat ‘left behind’ with Australia’s internet.” he said. “As a team, our goal is to bring Perth up to speed, both in terms of being able to provide better gaming conditions for our customers, and by developing quicker connectivity between Australia and Asia through Pentanet and the Pentanet.GG league.”
Mr Cornish said joining the OPL in 2020 is an exciting next step for the company.
“After watching the OPL grow over the last few years and seeing the high level of support, enthusiasm and kinship from the league community, we’re really looking forward to being able to give future Pentanet.GG players a pathway to playing League of Legends professionally.”
The 2020 OPL season kicks off with Split 1 in Sydney next month, where eight teams will compete in a triple round robin season, with the top five seeded into the playoffs.
“We’re looking for players who are not only the best at their chosen game, but are ready to take on the responsibility of training and performing as professional athletes.” Mr Curulli said.