All sports teams need names – and they will usually choose one to fit their sport, their location, and such. But when it comes to eSports, when the “sports” are video games and the team consists of people from all over the world, things get a bit complicated. But there’s a method to how eSports teams got their monikers – even if this method is often hard to grasp by ordinary humans like you and me. So, let’s take a look at some of the most, ahem… interesting names chosen by eSports teams that are active today.
Given the nature of eSports – they usually involve video games where the goal of the teams is to defeat/kill/exterminate each other with a variety of weapons, realistic and futuristic alike – one might expect the teams to have violent-sounding names that can make their opponents scared shirtless.
But this is not the case with Cloud9, a team with a completely non-threatening name. Several Cloud9 members were previously part of a team called “Orbit Gaming”. When they decided to pursue their own path (in League of Legends at first) they chose to be called Team NomNom, changing it to Cloud9 later on. Today, the team competes in Rocket League, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, H1Z1, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Overwatch, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. And they are among the top 15 earning eSports teams in the world.
Team YP is the eSports division of the… well-known adult-oriented internet company with the same initials. And this has gotten them into trouble back in the day – the ESL (Electronic Sports League) has blocked any association with the team in 2016 due to the controversial nature of the team’s main sponsor. The team rebounded from its ban in 2017, emerging with a fresh roster and taking part in an Overwatch tournament in February.
Last but not least, let us mention another team with a name that doesn’t seem “eSportsy” at all: Unicorns Of Love. It is a professional League of Legends team from Europe. Over the years, the team has participated in 32 tournaments, collecting total rewards of more than $210,000. They have members from Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, even South Korea, and a major sponsor – Dutch company Trust Gaming, which has recently extended its collaboration with the team for a year.
Naming eSports teams is not an easy task. The name has to be unique, it has to stand out, and to express the nature of the players behind it. What do you think – did the teams above nail it?