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Team Liquid unveils the future of esports

TL is putting its investment money to use by building a groundbreaking training facility for its players! Is this the next step for esports?


The news about Team Liquid’s plans to reimagine esports practice environment was announced on the official website. The facility is meant to move away from the long-standing gaming house model and towards a more traditional office space where players and staff members can focus purely on work-related issues. Is this the next step esports has to take?

A New Chapter

When you consider that League of Legends is entering the franchising era and Team Liquid’s just received an influx of funds from a high-profile investment group— aXiomatic—it makes sense for them to want to grow their esports presence. But TL’s ambitions far exceeded our expectations.  A single glance at the floor plan below would tell you that this building is going to be massive.esports presence. But TL’s ambitions far exceeded our expectations.  A single glance at the floor plan below would tell you that this building is going to be massive.

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Located in Los Angeles, a 9,000 square foot facility will provide space for Team Liquid’s LCS and Challenger teams, CS:GO lineup, and staff members. Additionally, there’s going to be a separate area for content creators, a kitchen, a vast open office, and even a coffee bar. As for the living space, it doesn’t seem like anything of the sorts is in the works, and players will have to be situated somewhere else.CS:GO lineup, and staff members. Additionally, there’s going to be a separate area for content creators, a kitchen, a vast open office, and even a coffee bar. As for the living space, it doesn’t seem like anything of the sorts is in the works, and players will have to be situated somewhere else.

The idea of building a dedicated practice facility isn’t anything new. In fact, many LCS owners talked about the emerging need to separate home and work environments. But Team Liquid is the first organization to put its money where its mouth is and make this idea a reality.

A huge part of this is the sentiment that the gaming house model is archaic. There’s only so much freedom five young adults can have while living under the same roof. And when you mix in coaches, analysts, and other staff members, you get a bottomless well of potential conflicts.

But if there’s one thing to note about the gaming house model, it’s that it worked.

From the very second players got up from their beds, they would spend every moment of their day together with their teammates. Thinking, talking, and training in their chosen esport. And while this might be the source of many inconveniences, there’s no better way to build synergy than actually living with other players.

A dedicated training facility introduces a different narrative. The surrounding players aren’t your roommates or close friend anymore—but merely co-workers. And while that dynamic is understandable to anyone who’s worked a regular 9-5 job, it’s very foreign to the world of esports. So what will come out of Team Liquid’s move to fix what isn’t broken, and will other teams follow suit?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Daniil Volkov

I craft narratives around League of Legends and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

Team Liquid unveils the future of esports

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