The owner of the Seoul franchise, Kevin Chou, said in a news conference the reason he chose Lunatic-Hai was because of its teamwork, which was on display in OGN’s Overwatch APEX tournament for the past three seasons. Chou further expressed that he wishes to connect Seoul with Silicon Valley, creating world class stars through media and English training for the players.
Along with the entire Lunatic-Hai Overwatch roster, Chou also signed the team’s coaching staff of Chae “alwaysoov” Ho-jeong and Baek Gwang-jin. Baek thanked Chou for the opportunity and explained his plans for the team going forward.
“I am very happy that I will be able to take this opportunity with the players and coaching staff that has worked together to achieve tournament victories,” he said. “We are currently working to add six more players to the team, outside of the six we already have right now. For the two Luntatic-Hai players that won’t be able to join us, Lee “Whoru” Seung-jun will be difficult to add due to Blizzard’s policy (regarding player age). In the case for Lee “LEETAEJUN” Tae-jun, we are currently looking for ways to add him to the fold.”
Lunatic-Hai was reportedly tabbed to be the Seoul Overwatch League team last week and will relocate to Los Angeles in anticipation of the first season. Lunatic-Hai is largely considered the best Overwatch team in the world, taking home consecutive championships in Seasons 2 and 3 of APEX. The roster consists of Kim “EscA” In-jae, Gong “Miro” Jin-hyeok, Kim “zunba” Jun-hyeok, Yang “tobi” Jin-mo, Ryu “ryujejong” Je-hong, and Moon “Gido” Gi-do.