YouTube sensation Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson is reportedly looking to step into the world of League of Legends esports, making the North American Challengers League (NACL) his launching pad. It’s anticipated that his entry will bring a fresh wave of excitement and interest to the league.
The NACL, considered the second tier in the North American League of Legends hierarchy, just beneath the LCS, is currently experiencing significant changes. The majority of LCS franchises have recently pulled out from the NACL, transforming the landscape of the developmental league.
While MrBeast’s interest in the League of Legends esports scene is not new, this is the first time he’s shown interest at the NACL level. In a previous appearance on the Worlds 2022 broadcast, he expressed his ambition to acquire an LCS slot, ensuring that he would only proceed when he had a team capable of competing on such a platform.
Other popular figures, including League of Legends streamer Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp and Moist Esports, owned by Charles ‘MoistCr1TiKaL’ White Jr. and Ludwig Ahgren, are rumored to be considering an entrance into the league as well1. Despite being initially refused a spot in the NACL, Tyler1 remains determined to establish a team within the league.
This influx of content creators into the NACL is creating an exciting dynamic. For instance, the Disguised team, led by content creator Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang, has had a strong showing this season, maintaining an impressive record and drawing a significant viewership.
MrBeast’s potential entrance into the LCS has been met with enthusiasm by key figures in the community. Notably, 100 Thieves star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has stated that MrBeast’s entry would be highly beneficial for the league, especially given its current struggle with decreasing viewership numbers.
Although MrBeast was seen as a possible buyer when TSM announced their intention to sell their LCS slot, discussions have reportedly focused mainly on entities in the media and traditional sports worlds. However, MrBeast’s enthusiasm for the LoL esports scene remains undeterred, and his journey into the NACL is eagerly anticipated by fans and fellow gamers alike.