LDLC To Shut Down Esports Operations

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LDLC To Shut Down Esports Operations

The French outfit will put an end to their Esports division after their ongoing partnership with French soccer club Olympique Lyonnais ends in July

LDLC has made it official that they will be exiting the esports industry as their partnership with the Olympique Lyonnais football club expires in July. This decision effectively marks the end of LDLC's illustrious 10-year presence in the CSGO realm.

LDLC made its foray into the game back in 2013 by signing a predominantly French roster featuring notable names such as Dan “apEX” Madesclaire, Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez, and Vincent “Happy” Schopenhauer.

It didn't take long for LDLC to scale the heights of success in CSGO. In 2014, their newly formed all-French lineup, featuring notable players like Richard “shox” Papillon, Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey, and Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt, embarked on a remarkable gold-medal campaign at the DreamHack Winter 2014 Major held in Jönköping, Sweden.

After a considerable passage of time, LDLC finally found themselves back in the mix, ready to compete for titles, although predominantly in the lower-tier circuit. Their efforts paid off, securing notable victories at events such as the ESL Pro European and Championship and the PMU Challenge Finals 2018. This team, which had the likes of Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin and François “⁠AMANEK⁠” Delaunay, took LDLC to their all-time high global rank (12th) in November 2018. 

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The following years were a rollercoaster ride for the French side. heir lineups have predominantly operated within France's national scene and the lower rungs of European Counter-Strike. LDLC's impact, however, extends beyond their results, as they have nurtured remarkable talent and served as the home for notable figures like Kévin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans, Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss, and Nicolas “Keoz” Dgus, who recently made their mark by securing a spot in the BLAST.tv Paris Major playoffs with GamerLegion.

With their current roster languishing at the 69th position in the world ranking, LDLC has missed out on the opportunity to compete in the ongoing Major hosted in their own backyard, all due to a stumble in the closed qualifier stage. The French ensemble has encountered additional hurdles, grappling with an incomplete lineup as AMANEK was benched in April. As a result, the team has turned to their coach, Lambert “Lambert” Prigent, to fill the void temporarily.

LDLC To Shut Down Esports Operations
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