A bidding struggle has damaged out in the course of the sale of an expert staff of gamers of the fantasy recreation, League of Legends.
The UK’s Workforce Dignitas has two professional League of Legends groups on its books however match guidelines for the sport state that they’ll solely oversee one.
Bids for one among their groups have gone far past $500,000 (£323,000), a Dignitas spokesman informed the BBC.
The ultimate particulars of the sale and the staff’s new proprietor might be revealed by the top of the month.
The massively standard League of Legends recreation has an related World Championships that pits the tops groups towards one another for giant money prizes.
The 5 gamers who have been world champions in 2014 shared $1m (£650,000) in prize cash.
The groups meet in a digital enviornment and are tasked with destroying the center of their rivals’ base whereas defending their very own.
Michael O’Dell, supervisor of Workforce Dignitas, mentioned one among its groups had been a part of the League of Legends Championship Collection (LCS) for a while. This yr, he mentioned, Dignitas’s second or “challenger” staff has additionally certified for the LCS.
“The principles state you can solely handle one, so we’re within the means of promoting one of many groups in the meanwhile,” he informed the BBC.
Mr O’Dell confirmed they’d discovered a purchaser however wouldn’t be drawn on which staff can be bought or who had purchased them.
The previous few weeks had seen a sequence of bids for the staff are available from many pro-game administration corporations, people and different organisations.
“E-sports is rising so quick in the meanwhile,” he mentioned. “There are millionaires and billionaires coming in shopping for groups and there are sports activities stars seeking to purchase groups.
“It is actually unusual coping with billionaires over this,” he mentioned.
Professional-players might additionally money in later in October initially of the 2015 switch season, which regularly sees high gamers garner massive charges to alter groups.
Tim Edwards, an editor on the PC Video games N web site, mentioned the dimensions of the deal over the LoL staff mirrored the rising curiosity in e-sports by conventional media corporations, model managers and advertisers.
“It will be onerous for them to achieve that gaming viewers some other approach,” he mentioned.
The quarter-finals of the League of Legends World Championships are being streamed on BBC Three over three days.
The World Championships concludes on 31 October in Berlin.