Jake Tucker . Business . Thursday 18th May 2017 . 08:52
Team Liquid has announced a partnership with gaming analytics firm Mobalytics, with the two companies working together to further the role of analytics in professional League of Legends.
The partnership between the two companies will see Team Liquid’s players, analysts and coaches working closely with Mobalytics ahead of their run in the League of Legends NA LCS Summer Split. Mobalytics will be looking to help Team Liquid use data to improve their game; Mobalytics won TechCrunch’s StartUp Battlefield at DisruptSF in 2016.
“I’ve been a supporter of Mobalytics’ rigorous work, data quality and unique dynamic visualisation since I worked with Amine when Team Curse was rocking the legendary lineup of Voy, Saint, and Nyjacky,” said Steve Arhancet, co-CEO of Team Liquid in a statement. “As we scrim and prepare for the Summer Split, partnering with Mobalytics arms us with best-in-class technology to help the players optimise performance and I can’t wait to see what this unique perspective will bring to the team.”
Josh ‘Jarge’ Smith, Team Liquid’s head analyst, added to the praise: “A lot of companies have attempted to do data analytics in League of Legends before, but Mobalytics is the first that I’ve worked with that has been able to look below the surface of bread and butter damage and kill-score and do analysis in a way that actually provides value to a professional League of Legends team. I’ve been working closely with Dr. Issa and his team and think that Mobalytics’ vision for what data-driven analysis can be, closely matches my own. I’m incredibly excited to work with them and believe that this will be the beginning of a hugely successful partnership.”
“Video games like League of Legends are incredibly complex, with ever-changing dynamics, game states and win conditions,” said Dr. Amine Issa, co-Founder, Mobalytics. Our vision was to build the best performance analytics platform the gaming world has ever seen and we now are excited to leverage the resources we acquired since winning TechCrunch’s StartUp Battlefield last year to make this vision a visceral reality.”
This is a make or break moment for esports analytics. If Team Liquid see a notable bump in performance, you can bet several other esports teams are going to be looking to make deals of their own with notable analytics outfits.