A new South Korean esports organization has launched in partnership with a local university.
KNC International will reportedly launch next month and partner with Chunnam Techno University in Gwangju. The team’s owner, Park Jae-beom, told The Korean Economic Daily’s Park Myung-gi he didn’t really know much about esports before his new venture.
“I was doing business with China in areas such as beauty products and was asked by partner to connect him with a ‘leading’ Korean esports expert,” he said. “After extensive searching, I came into contact with Chunnam Techno University.”
The organization started recruiting players for League of Legends and Overwatch teams and will reportedly work with Chunnam Tech’s esports branch to help develop players and other talent who come through the school.
“I wish to debut talented individuals through KNC by June,” Park said. “I also want to develop talent with Chunnam Tech, not limited to just domestic talent, but also foreign talent reaching outside of just players. In a sense, KNC’s esports is meaningless without the cooperation of Chunnam Tech.”
Park also said that he will be actively looking for overseas partners for KNC to make his vision come true.
Chunnam Tech has been in the public eye for some time thanks to its strong esports program, as players from the university are often referred to as possible champions in local amateur tournaments. The school was also the sponsor of former League Challengers Korea team Pathos, a Challenger team that is no longer active.