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SK Telecom, Comcast Spectacor partner for esports venture

Comcast Spectacor and SK Telecom will announce the formation of a joint esports venture Monday at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, the organizations told ESPN.

The new global entity, T1 Entertainment & Sports, will adopt the formidable branding of the South Korean telecom giant’s League of Legends team, three-time World Champion SK Telecom T1. T1 Entertainment & Sports operations will be operated out of Philadelphia, Seoul and Los Angeles.

In addition to its existing presence in Overwatch, League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Hearthstone, T1 plans to field competitors in Fortnite, Apex Legends and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, according to the organization. Company sources point to impressive viewership and engagement numbers for battle royale titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends — the latter of which gained 25 million players in its first week of release — as reasons for their inclusion. The decision to focus on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate rather than Melee was made along similar lines.

Plans for a partnership between the two telecommunications company have been in the works since October 2018, when representatives from Comcast Spectacor met with their counterparts from SK Telecom in Busan, South Korea, for the League of Legends World Championship.

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