Founded in 2015, the Western Legends are a competitive college eSports team made up of students from Western University.
The team plays League of Legends, a competitive online game and unquestionably one of the most popular eSports by watch time volume.
In 2018, the Western Legends won the East Conference Championship, finishing first in a pool of 80+ schools. They qualified for the North American College Championship at the Riot Games studio in Los Angeles, and won a combined $70,000+ in external scholarships.
In 2019, the Western Legends not only repeated all of these accomplishments – they were finalists at the North American College Championship. Put this into perspective: from a pool of over 350+ schools, they are currently the second-best team in North America.
These accomplishments are even more impressive when considering that, up until now, there has been no support from Western. Attempts to establish communication with the Athletics department have been unsuccessful. Thanks to the Bookstore at Western, the team now has a practice facility with professional equipment – but up until 2019, the Western Legends have existed in isolation.
They played separately in their own homes. They dealt with Internet challenges alone.
They competed and won against schools with scholarship funding and competition arenas attracting top players. It speaks to how skilled this team actually is.