NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nike Inc will be the exclusive, official apparel and footwear partner of esports’ League of Legends Pro League (LPL) in China through 2022, the companies announced on Thursday.
Starting this year, Nike will provide clothes and shoes for all of the 16 competitive video gaming teams that make up the LPL and will explore new physical training programs customized for esports athletes.
League of Legends (LOL), a hugely popular multiplayer online video game, is made by Riot Games, a subsidiary of China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd.
The league’s 16 teams compete in playoffs in an effort to win a spot at the LOL World Championship, to be held this fall in Paris.
“The partnership with Nike can bring more professional and scientific services to esports athletes,” Bobby Jin, co-CEO of TJ Sports, said in a statement. “It also lets esports, the digital sport, be more integrated into public life.”