Lausanne-Sport eSports will succeed and is already miles ahead – a commentary
Of course FC Lausanne-Sport is not the first swiss Football club joining the electronic Battlefield. FC St. Gallen, just to name one, did so as well. The big difference is: They did not just open their own department and started investing in games and agencies.
Actually pushing eSport
FC Lausanne-Sport decided to joint ventures with one of the finest Swiss eSport organisation, namely Qualitas Helvetica. They’ve rebranded as Lausanne-eSport and are given financial tools and support to work with. I think this is a very good move for both sides. Not only do they have a kickstart in all current leagues and communities with a team full of known and respected people, they also no have a lot of knowledge and experience in eSSort business. By going down this path, they have a huge advantage compared to other clubs and they’re actively supporting and pushing the swiss scene by giving people, which already had a passion for
By going down this path, they have a huge advantage compared to other clubs and they’re actively supporting and pushing the swiss scene by giving people, which already had a passion for eSport, the right tools. I hope these people will use their tools for a good use.
On the other hand, I think it’s pity to see an organisation selling themselves and losing their name. I will certainly miss “Qualitas Helvetica” and I’m aware by the big competition we as SILENTGAMING now face. But I’d rather have a move like this, compared to a club just blindly investing money based on unreliable data by so called “eSport agencies”.
I guess a lot of people are yelling “SELLOUT” now. That’s business lads! It shows how far we’ve came and that others are finally starting to take us serious . This won’t be the last joint venture or buy by a bigger company or club in swiss eSport . To face reality: We, as a community, need the money to grow further and give managers, players, viewers and fans a base to expand and work on.
Supporting proper eSport titles
According to their announcement…
… Lausanne-eSport will be supporting teams in the biggest titles in Switzerland. I guess they’re taking over all current Qualitas Helvetica players and add a few more. Compared to other clubs, which only support second tier titles, Lausanne-eSport will support teams in League of Legends and Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Thus entering the big stage of esport in Switzerland. Congratulations for choosing the right games and doing a ballsy move, given that FPS Games in Switzerland still have a bad reputation.
It’s sad to see Qualitas Helvetica gone and I’m wondering how organisations with lower budgets will be able to compete against such clubs. But I’m happy to see a swiss football club doing the right move for their kickstart in eSport. Let me know what you think!