Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, also known as Wolves, is an English professional association football club based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. They have now gained a foothold in the Chinese Esports scene.
The entry of Wolves FC in Chinese Esports scenario
In a first-of-its-kind investment, Wolves have become the first soccer club to join the King Pro League (KPL), the club announced yesterday. In China, the KPL is the most prestigious competition for Tencent‘s mobile MOBA game Honor of Kings. To make this happen, Fosun International, a Chinese company and the owner of Wolves, purchased KPL team Chongqing QGhappy. The winners of the 2021 World Champion Cup has been renamed to Chongqing Wolves. The name of the team has been kept partially intact to pay homage to the Southwestern Chinese metropolis from which the team originally belongs to.
In the competitive Esports scenario of Honor of Kings, QGhappy has had tremendous success. In 2017, they won both seasons of the KPL and the 2017 Kings Champion Cup. The next year, they won the summer season of Kings Champion Cup and came second in the winter season. In 2019, the team had another good season, finishing second in KPL’s fall season and going onto win the Kings Champion Cup winter season in the same year.
Under the banner of Wolves Esports, Fosun Sports has been developing the Chinese esports market since 2019, with squads in esports titles like FIFA Online 4, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Identity V. To grow into another Western market, the corporation recently announced an investment in Evil Geniuses, a North American esports organisation.