With the closure of the Oceanic Pro League, Oceanic League of Legends fans were most likely expecting to not have much domestic action to watch in 2021. Fortunately, a brand-new league is on the way.

ESL and Guinevere Capital announced today a collaboration to operate a new eight-team league next year. Riot Games will offer a three-year operating license to ESL and Guinevere for the league, according to a news release.

The league is being “developed in partnership” with the 8 teams that were associated with the OPL’s final season. The teams that competed in the OPL included Avant Gaming, Chiefs Esports Club, Alarming Wolves, Gravitas, Tradition Esports, MAMMOTH, ORDER, and Pentanet.GG.

In addition to the initial three-year license, there is an option for a three-year extension.

” From running the first official tournaments on the Oceanic servers to assisting produce the OPL Finals at the Melbourne Esports Open, the ESL team have always had competitive League of Legends in our DNA, so when the chance to develop a new league, and create new opportunities for League of Legends players in Oceania provided itself, we leapt on it,” stated Nick Vanzetti, the ESL SVP of Asia-Pacific Japan.

No extra details about the league were launched, although ESL and Guinevere state they will share more details in “early 2021.”