G2 Esports: one of the biggest esports organizations in the world
November 17 2021
Founded in February 2014 under the name Gamers2, G2 Esports has become one of the biggest esports organizations in the world.
The League of Legends team was created by two people. The first is Carlos Rodríguez Santiago, better known as "ocelote". An ex-League of Legends professional player, Carlos played mid lane and was one of the main figures in the Spanish esports scene. The second co-founder was Jens Hilgers, a German entrepreneur known for his work in the esports industry, such as founding CEO of ESL, one of the oldest esports tournament organizers.
Since its founding, the organization had very capable people at its helm who had been in the esports industry for years. "Ocelote" had a lot of experience in the competitive scene and the player side. Jens Hilgers knew the business side as well as anyone in the industry, being seen by many as an early pioneer of esports. With people like this at the company's head, the organization's success was only a matter of time.
Rebranding to G2 Esports and the following success
In October of 2015, the organization rebranded to what is now a legendary esports organization known as G2 Esports. The organization quickly became one of the biggest in the esports scene. They have one of the biggest fan bases globally, and they show no signs of slowing down. The organization continues to invest in new competitive scenes. Also, it makes sure all the teams that represent the brand are championship-caliber.
League of Legends was the game that put G2 Esports on the map. The team entered the LEC (the highest level of competitive League of Legends in Europe) in 2016, and it didn't take long for them to take over the scene.
In their first year, they won both splits and became only the third Esport organization to win an LEC title. Between 2016-2020, the team won eight LEC splits, making them the organization with the most titles in the history of the league. They also created what many consider to be the best European League of Legends team of all time. They were able to win the 2019 Mid-Season-Invitational, becoming the first European team to do so, and achieved a second-place finish at Worlds 2019.
Dominating in various esports scenes G2 Esports is always contending for titles
Despite G2 Esports becoming known by their League of Legends team, this doesn't mean they don't have other elite esports divisions.
The CS:GO team has been one of the best teams in the world since its creation in 2016. The team was almost always on the top 10 of the HLTV list, only missing in 2018, and 2019 where they got 11th place behind Swedish legendary organization NIP.
G2 Esports CS:GO team has won four titles so far, not enjoying as many successes as the League of Legends team. However, the team has come top 3 in various tournaments and always had a very competitive line-up. Recently, the team lost 2-0 in the PGL Major Stockholm final to NAVI, placing second in the biggest CS:GO tournament of all time.
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Another esport where the team has found a lot of success is Rocket League. The team signed the roster that had won the RLCS Season One World Championship that represented IBUYPOWER Cosmic at the time. Another thing that shows that whatever esports scene in which G2 Esports is competing, they always come to win trophies and have the best of the best in their organization.
In Rocket League, the organization managed various tournaments, with the most notable wins being the RLCS Season 9 North American and the ELEAGUE CUP 2017. They also finished second in the Rocket League Championship Series Season 7, losing to Renault Vitality in the final.
Rainbow Six Siege is the second crown jewel of G2 Esports
The Rainbow Six Siege division is one of the best esports divisions in terms of results for G2 Esports, with only the League of Legends team had been able to find similar success.
In Rainbow Six Siege, G2 Esports acquired the roster of PENTA Sports in 2018. The roster had already proven to be one of the best in the world: they had won the Six Invitational in 2018 and multiple Pro League titles. With this acquisition, G2 Esports had another championship-caliber team in their organization.
G2 Esports trophy cabinet for Rainbow Six Siege is a big one. The organization has won the DreamHack Winter 2018, Six Invitational 2019, Six Major Paris, and a second-place finish at Six Major Raleigh 2019.
The team also has a Valorant division that was created last year. The men's team attended the second international event of this year's Master's Berlin and is considered one of the best teams in the EMEA region. The female Valorant team that was created this year achieved a third-place finish in the VCT Game Changers EMEA Series 2 and are also among the best teams in the scene. G2 Esports also has a Fortnite division, Apex Legends, Sim Racing, Hearthstone, and a Clash Royale division.
G2 Esports is without a question one of the biggest esports organizations in the world right now. They have a huge fan base, success in multiple competitive esports scenes, partnerships with some of the biggest companies in the world, like Adidas, BWM, RedBull, Ralph Lauren, Betway, and more. G2 Esports not only has a rich past but a bright future ahead.
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