One of the world’s most well-known and successful professional esports teams, Team Liquid was founded in the Netherlands in 2000. It signed its first professional esports players for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and in 2012 Team Liquid bought a North American Dota 2 team and began fielding multiple game rosters for the first time.
The organization then merged with Team Curse in 2015 and gained its first League of Legends roster. Today Team Liquid fields players in Dota 2, League of Legends, CS: GO, Rainbow Six: Siege, Melee, Street Fighter, Fortnite, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Quake, Clash Royal, Autobattle, and PUBG. It has over 60 championship level esports athletes playing now 14 of the top esports games.
Team Liquid players have won the most prize money for any esports team. As per Esports Earnings, in February 2020 this figure exceeded $34 million over 1665 tournaments. Its European Dota 2 roster won The International 2017 which had the largest prize pool in esports history. Team Liquid’s League of Legends line-up has won four League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) titles and the CS:GO team took the Intel Grand Slam in 2019.
The organization is today owned by entertainment and sports management company aXiomatic and is, unsurprisingly, one of the most valuable esports teams in the world and worth $467 million. Its investors include many names from traditional sports including Magic Johnson and Crane Kenney of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Team Liquid’s CEO is Bruce Stein, a former chief executive of Mattel Toys and Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Top players for the widely successful team have included Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov, Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi, and Maroun “GH” Merhej, each of whom has won over $4 million in prize money.
Partners and sponsors for Team Liquid include Alienware, Honda, HyperX, Marvel Entertainment, Monster Energy and Twitch.