The Melbourne org collapsed earlier this week.
ORDERs League of Legends team will still attend DreamHack Melbourne in September as part of the LCO 2022 Split Two playoffs, despite the organization entering voluntary administration earlier this week.
The orgs League team qualified for DreamHack via Split Two playoffs after outlasting Pentanet.GG in a five-game postseason battle on Monday evening. They joined frontrunners the Chiefswho finished the regular season undefeatedas the second of three teams that will play at Melbourne Park.
ORDER entered the years second split as reigning LCO champs.
Following news breaking on the organizations collapse on Aug. 17, it has been confirmed ORDERs championship League team will still have a central role at DreamHack Melbourne following their qualification.
Were happy to confirm that there will be no material change to ORDERs League of Legends team being present and competing at the Split 2 Playoffs at DreamHack Melbourne, ESL Australia marketing and sales head Graeme Du Toit told Dot Esports in an email on Wednesday.
He added: Fans will still have the opportunity to cheer them on.Photo via Getty Images for Riot Games
Dot Esports has spoken to several ORDER players since Wednesday morning, with the League playing group delivering a unified message: Yes, its a bad situation, but their desire to win hasnt changed despite distractions.
In fact, its doubled their drivethey want to cap everything with a win.
But there is still a cloud around whether the orgs other competitive lineups will appear at the event. ORDER was one of eight Counter-Strike teams set to contest ESL Challenger Melbourne from Sept. 2 alongside international squads like Imperial, Evil Geniuses, and OG. The eight-team event boasts a $100,000 prize pool and the winner will qualify for the Pro League Conference.
Were still working through the impacts that todays announcement has with regards to ESL Challenger Melbourne, Du Toit said in the same email to Dot, and we will share any updates to social media [on Twitter] at @ESLCS.
ESL also told Kotaku it was identifying possible solutions.
ORDER also has rosters in VALORANT, FIFA, and carries a number of Fortnite stars in its esports stable. The org also had several content creators on the books.
The companys League roster will still carry the ORDER name at DreamHack.Photo via ESL Australia
Beyond League and CS:GO, the new Australian gaming event, which will run from Sept. 2 to 4, will host other hands-on events for gamers to enjoy, including meet and greets, testing booths, and more. Even tabletop games and showcases from the citys top independent development studios will be available.
There will also be a Halo circuit tourney with $50,000 up for grabs.
On the impending event, ESL representatives said: Although todays news comes as a shock, 2022 is still on-track to be the biggest year for Australian esports to date. ESL-run programs are pull in record viewership across the year and have a strong suite of commercial partners. As we mark the return to live, stadium-scale esports events this year with DreamHack Melbourne, the industry is coming out of COVID-19 strong.
Orgs that continue to operate sustainable business models will be rewarded with the continued growth weve seen in the space over the last few years.
The third League team at DreamHack has yet to be confirmed, as of publication. One of Pentanet.GG or Kanga Esports will qualify after a best-of-five series on Aug. 23.