FC Schalke 04 (eSports)
|Sport||League of Legends|
|League||European League of Legends Challenger Series|
|Based in||Adlershof, Berlin|
|Arena||Riot Games studio|
|Head coach||Mitch "Boris" Voorspoels|
|Departments of Schalke 04|
|Blind football||Table tennis||Athletics|
FC Schalke 04 is an eSports team competing in the European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS), the top level of professional League of Legends in Europe. The team is referred to by themselves as Schalke 04 Esports to distinguish them from their parent organisation's football club. Matches are played in the Am Studio 20D in Adlershof, Berlin.
The team previously played in the European League of Legends Challenger Series (EU CS) after being relegated in the 2017 EU LCS Spring Promotion tournament, but returned to the LCS after defeating the Ninjas in Pyjamas 3-0 in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Promotion tournament.
In 2016, FC Schalke 04 opened an eSports department and acquired the League of Legends team Elements, becoming the fourth football (soccer) team with a LoL division after Beşiktaş (that acquired the roster of Turkish team Aces High the previous year), Santos and Remo. They are set to play in the European League of Legends Championship Series, officially organized by developer Riot Games and the top level of professional League of Legends competition in Europe. The club also announced former Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and Sportfreunde Siegen midfielder and SK Gaming co-founder Tim Reichert as Head of eSport.
Schalke finished 8th in the 2016 Summer EU LCS and was relegated to the European League of Legends Challenger Series after losing a promotion match to Misfits. In December 2016, Steve and sprattel joined PSG eSports and left Schalke.
Schalke announced a new roster on 13 January 2017, with SmittyJ, loulex, SELFIE, Upset and VandeR joining the team. SELFIE and Vander left Schalke on 30 April 2017. Memento, Caedrel and Norskeren joined Schalke on 22 May 2017, as Jungler, Mid Laner and Support respectively. Schalke also released loulex on the same day.
Schalke returned to the LCS on 25 August 2017, after defeating the Ninjas in Pyjamas 3-0 in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Promotion tournament. On 30 September, Schalke released most of its roster: SmittyJ, Memento, Caedrel and Norskeren all announced their free agency via Twitter.
|Nukeduck||Erlend Våtevik Holm||Mid||21.11.2017|
|Caedrel||Marc Robert Lamont||Mid||22.05.2017||30.09.2017|
|Norskeren||Tore Hoel Eilertsen||Support||22.05.2017||30.09.2017|
- 8th place — Summer 2016 EU LCS
- 1st place - Spring 2017 EU CS regular season
- 3rd/4th - Spring 2017 EU CS playoffs
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