Oceanic Underdogs ‘Peace’ Upset Favourites to Claim Title of LCO Split 2 Champions, Viewership Records Smashed

Dark horse ‘Peace’ defied predictions and secured a 3-0 upset win against Pentanet.GG in the DoorDash LCO Split 2 Grand Final on Tuesday, qualifying for the League of Legends World Championship

Sydney, Australia, September 2nd ESL Gaming Australia and Guinevere Capital, operators of the premier League of Legends tournament in Oceania, the DoorDash League of Legends Circuit Oceania (‘LCO’), today celebrated the 3-0 victory of Peace over Pentanet.GG in Tuesdays DoorDash LCO Split 2 Grand Final.

The victory for Peace comes after their run through the lower bracket saw them topple The Chiefs, ORDER and Dire Wolves on their way to the Grand Final, finally emerging victorious in three convincing games against Pentanet.GG. Peace will now take home $15,000USD, and qualify through to the Riot Games’ League of Legends World Championship, held in Europe this October.

Split 2 of the DoorDash LCO ended smashing viewership records for Oceanic League of Legends, with multiple broadcasts reaching over 10,000 concurrent viewers during the Split 2 Playoffs. Across the whole of 2021, the DoorDash LCO saw over 1.5 million total Oceanic Unique viewers tune in – demolishing the previous year’s total (set by the former OPL) by 36%. 

“I’m really grateful to be champion again and have the opportunity to represent Oceania at Worlds. I’m really excited to play on the main stage again, especially since it’s my second time and I have prior knowledge about how to prepare and what to expect.” said Peace mid-laner James ‘Tally’ Shute. “I will bring the best version of myself and my teammates, and hope we have a good showing.”

“The inaugural year of the Doordash LCO has been a rollercoaster, and we’ve ended it on a high as over 10,000 OCE League fans tuned in to watch Peace claim the Split 2 Title.” said Peter Du, League Manager. “What we’ve been able to accomplish with the help of our partners, sponsors, teams, and fans is nothing short of extraordinary. From a league that didn’t exist less than 9 months ago, we’ve managed to create Australia & New Zealand’s most watched esports product to date this year, and shape it into a sustainable platform for growth. We look forward to watching Peace represent our region at Worlds later this year, and hopefully continue to break new records for OCE.”

DoorDash LCO Split 2 Champions – Peace

PlacePrizemoney ($ USD)Team
1st$15,000Peace
2nd$10,000Pentanet.GG
3rd$5,000Dire Wolves

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ABOUT GUINEVERE CAPITAL

Founded in 2016, Guinevere Capital is an advisory and investment firm focused on high growth segments of the sports and esports industry, bringing together performance, commercialisation, media and management to create leading global organisations. For esports, Guinevere aims to develop competitive ecosystems in emerging markets and have focused their efforts on Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Guinevere was responsible for the launch of the Esports High Performance Centre at Sydney Cricket Ground, one of the most iconic sports grounds in Australia and the first esports facility to launch in the country and his since followed up with a sister facility in New Zealand’s Eden Park Stadium.

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