“Today, we are happy to announce that we have re-established the partnership with Betway as our participation agreement for the League of Legends Championship Series expires, and we assess the future of League of Legends in Europe,” the announcement reads. “The partnership continuation is for the long term, as we continue to grow our organization and brand around the world. All of us can look forward to amazing community content and fruitful ventures together with our good friends at Betway going forward.”
The team dropped Betway last month as main sponsor in order to adhere to Riot Games’ rules for the European League of Legends Championship Series. According to Rule 4.3.1 of the EU LCS rulebook, any sponsorship Riot classifies as a “limited sponsorship” may not be displayed by the players “during the use or play of League of Legends, adjacent to League of Legends related material, the LCS, the CS, or any other Riot-affiliated event.” As gambling sites like Betway are classified as a limited sponsorship, the players for NiP were unable to display Betwaty’s logo prominently in any League of Legends tournament.
NiP purchased a slot in the EU LCS this summer from Fnatic Academy, which qualified through the Challenger Series. But NiP struggled throughout the split and was relegated last month. It’s unclear if Ninjas in Pyjamas plans to continue operating a League of Legends team, with massive changes reportedly taking place in the league. It NiP ended up back in the EU LCS in some capacity, it would likely have to ditch Betway as main sponsor again.