This is not the first time Wolves Esports has focused on the Chinese market, as a significant portion of its operations has been centered there.
CHINA – Wolves Esports, the esports arm of the English Premier League’s Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, is set to enter VALORANT Esports for the upcoming season and compete in the Chinese circuit. The organization announced on Weibo last week their plan to form a team through an open recruitment process.
Wolves Esports is no stranger to the Chinese market, having previously directed a considerable part of its operations in the region.
Currently, they have teams competing in Honor of Kings (AoV), Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG Mobile, FIFA Online 4, Identity V, QQ Speed, Naraka Bladepoint, and Street Fighter 6 – with six of these eight teams being based in China. Their Honor of Kings squad, the crowning jewel, clinched the 2021 HoK World Champion Cup and most recently, the King Pro League Spring 2023 title.
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Interestingly, Wolves shares a strong connection with Evil Geniuses, as seen by the Wolves emblem displayed on the left side of the jersey when the 2023 world champions competed throughout the season. The ownership of Wolves lies with the Chinese multinational conglomerate, Fosun Group, which also holds a minority share in the Seattle-based Evil Geniuses.
The basic requirements to join Wolves Esports VALORANT include being 18 years or older with permission from a legal guardian, demonstrating good behavior, adhering to management guidelines, and having strong self-discipline. Interested applicants must also achieve a Radiant rank in any recent Act and forward their CV and personal details to Wolves Esports representatives.
Established in 1877, Wolverhampton Wanderers, often known as Wolves, stands as one of England’s oldest and most respected football clubs and currently compete in the Premier League, which is the world’s most watched – available in 188 countries with a cumulative annual audience of 3.2 billion people.
In 1888, Wolves distinguished themselves as one of the pioneering 12 teams that founded the first professional football league.
A 140-year rollercoaster ride across all four divisions of the English football pyramid has seen Wolves amass 17 major trophies in their history, including 11 league titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups. In 2016, Wolves were acquired by Chinese consumer technology company Fosun International, and a return to the Premier League followed in 2018, followed by a top-16 finish in the Europa League and back-to-back seventh-placed finishes at the top of English football.
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