Nike has shown how seriously it’s taking the rise of professional esports in China, by unveiling a set of jerseys for some of the country’s top League of Legends teams. The likes of Invictus Gaming (China’s first-ever LoL World Champions) and Royal Never Give Up will get new Nike-produced uniforms as part of the move.
Unfortunately, Nike has gone with the same one-size-fits-all design approach that it has to the Chinese Super League in men’s football, with only the colors and motifs being switched up across an otherwise identical “V” composition. (According to Nike’s official press release on the shirts, that chevron is “a nod to the Summoner’s Rift — the most competitive battleground in the League of Legends world.”)
Nike inked a deal with the League of Legends Pro League back in February which will see the sportswear brand provide shirts and sneakers to some of China’s top players.
Fun Plus Phoenix (who arguably have one of the best-looking shirts, pictured above), Royal Never Give Up, and Invictus (whose shirt features a star over the badge, representing their World Championship win) will all get their new uniforms in time for the 2019 World Championships in Paris this fall. The rest will show them off once the 2020 season gets underway.
There’s also a range of LoL-inspired streetwear for the fans, such as this hoodie pictured above, which will be available from October 1.
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