eSports & Gaming

Twickenham to house League of Legends team training centre

LEC outfit Excel Esports will be based at the home of English rugby.

by Nick Friend

Twickenham to house League of Legends team training centre

UK esports organisation Excel Esports is to open a training centre at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby.

The facility, which is to be dedicated to League of Legends players, will feature separate areas for playing and meeting with coaching staff to discuss strategy.

There will be a further two scrimmage rooms, which will both be designed to replicate the atmosphere of stage-play.

Kieran Holmes-Darby, managing director of the team, which is set to take part in the new League of Legends European Championship (LEC) and LVP UK league, said: “We looked at loads of places before deciding on our final home.

“It's massive for us as an esports organisation, we think we can take a lot of learnings from the traditional sports industry into esports, and from a networking and a commercial perspective, it has huge benefits.”

Director of esports, Joel Holmes-Darby, added: "We're moving away from the gaming house model because, for us there needs to be a clear separation in where the players live and where they work.

“From a mentality, attitude and discipline perspective, it helps enable the players to come to work, to practice with a different mindset.

“But it also gives them their own space away from work, where they feel like they can relax and switch off. From a wellbeing perspective it's certainly going to be a lot better for the players."