|Founded||September 7, 2018|
|Team history||Chengdu Hunters|
|Based in||Chengdu, China|
Performing Arts Centre
Chengdu Hunters (simplified Chinese: 成都猎人; traditional Chinese: 成都獵人; pinyin: Chéngdū Lièrén) is a Chinese professional Overwatch esports team based in Chengdu, China. The Hunters compete in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Pacific West Division.
Founded in 2018, Chengdu Hunters began play as one of eight expansion teams in 2019 and is one of four professional Overwatch teams in China. The team is owned by Huya Inc., a Chinese interactive broadcast platform. The Hunters have an academy team playing in Overwatch Contenders; the team, LGE.Huya, is owned by LinGan e-Sports Club. The team will host homestands at the Wuliangye Chengdu Performing Arts Centre.
On September 7, 2018, Activision Blizzard announced that domestic game livestream platform Huya had purchased an expansion team based in Chengdu for Overwatch League's second season. On November 11, the team revealed their team name as Chengdu Hunters.
Chengdu's first ever regular season OWL match was a 3–2 victory over the Guangzhou Charge on February 15, 2019. After posting three consecutive 3–4 records for the first three stages, the Hunters failed to qualify for any of the Stage Playoffs. A 4–3 record in Stage 4 gave Chengdu 13–15 record for the season and qualified them for the Play-In Tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round by the Guangzhou Charge by a 1–4 scoreline.
On November 12, 2018, the Chengdu Hunters brand was officially unveiled. The team name was chosen "as a symbol of the team’s dedication to pursuing the honor of the league." The logo, a black and gold giant panda, was chosen because "it is the national treasure of China, the symbol of Chengdu, and a symbol of peace and good luck. At the same time, the panda also boasts powerful fighting strength and represents the Chinese spirit of perseverance, and collectively with the team’s name, represents the team’s determination to achieve victory." The colors represent vigor and steadiness, and contain the main colors of Huya and NRG, meant to represent the collaboration of the two companies.
- Wuliangye Chengdu Performing Arts Centre (2020)
Chengdu Hunters roster
|Chengdu Hunters head coaches|
|Rui||Wang Xingrui (王星睿)||November 26, 2018||November 17, 2019||356 days|||
Awards and records
|Season||P||W||L||W%||MW||ML||MT||MD||Pos. (league)||Pos. (conf.)||Playoffs||Earnings|
All-Star Game selections
- Yveltal (Li Xianyao) – 2019
- Ameng (Menghan Ding) – 2019
- JinMu (Yi Hu) – 2019
On January 27, 2019, LinGan e-Sports Club announced their partnership with the Chengdu Hunters and became the academy team. LinGan e-Sports changed the name of their Overwatch team to LGE.Huya.
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