League of Legends professional Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg has acquired a stake in TSM as part of renewing his LCS contract with the organisation.
The new deal extends Bjergsen’s tenure with TSM through to 2021
Andy “Reginald” Dinh, CEO & Founder of TSM discussed the decision in a release: “It was essential for us to re-sign Bjergsen. Not only is he is one of the best players at his position, he is a great leader. He shares the same values we do as an organization. He is selfless, hardworking, and focused. It is this culture of grit, fortitude, and determination that is the most vital part of our organization. At TSM we are committed to living this culture, and Bjergsen is a testament to that. He is more than just a player to us, so making him a strategic shareholder was important.”
Having joined the organisation in November 2013 after Dinh stepped away from playing mid lane for the team, Bjergsen stands as the longest-serving player for the organisation and has become synonymous with the TSM brand.
Bjergsen also shared his thoughts on the development: “For the past six years, TSM has been my home and I’ve witnessed it evolve from an esports team to the organization it is today. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to not only continue my career here as a player, but also be a bigger part of the incredible future that lies ahead for TSM.”
Financial terms of the deal have been not disclosed at the time of writing. Notably, the deal appears to violate Rule 2.5 of the official 2019 LCS Rule Set, which states that “The GM, Head Coach, Strategic Coach, LACS Coach and any Owner of the Team may not be on the Full Team Roster.” The move would likely not have been made without this knowledge in mind and indicates a potential shift in the ruleset for next season.