Nike will be sponsoring teams and players in the T1 Entertainment & Sports organization including the League of Legends team and the gamer known as Faker (Lee Sang-hyeok).
T1 Entertainment & Sports is a global eSports joint venture that owns and operates T1 League of Legends (LoL) Champions Korea (LCK) team, along with teams in competitive gaming segments that include Fortnite, Dota 2, PUBG, Super Smash Bros., Hearthstone, Apex Legends and Overwatch, The Drum reported.
The T1 LoL LCK team, previously known as SK Telecom T1 won three LoL World Championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
The sponsorship will see all T1 athletes wearing Nike footwear and apparel uniforms during competition.
According to The Drum, Nike will also create training programs designed to enhance the athletic capabilities of T1’s players and teams based on its sports research facilities and athletic training programs. The training programs will be implemented at training facilities within the T1 Headquarters in Seoul, which is scheduled to open early 2020.
Nike believes this will allow professional eSports players to develop their athletic capabilities, including physical and mental strength, to help them become better gamers.
Statista reported that eSports has a captive audience in South Korea. A survey conducted in 2019 found that gamers spent around 3.3 hours per week watching other people play video games online on platforms like Twitch or YouTube Gaming.