Vietnam's LoL star player becomes owner of esports team

By Hoang Nguyen   January 2, 2024 | 05:59 pm PT
SofM, real name Le Quang Duy, who is regarded as the top League of Legends (LoL) player in Vietnam, will return to the game, not to compete but as the co-owner of Vikings Esports.
SofM is announced as the co-owner of Vikings Esports. Photo by Viking Esports

SofM is announced as the co-owner of Vikings Esports. Photo by Viking Esports

He started his LoL lore in Vikings Gaming in 2013. 10 years later, when the team changed its name to Viking Esports, he is now the co-owner.

He might also play a mentor role in the coaching team of Viking in the LoL league Vietnam Championship Series Spring 2024.

At the 19th Asian Games last year, Duy, with his grand knowledge and experience of the game, did a great job as the head coach of Vietnam national LoL team, reaching the semifinals.

He also became an advisor for Vietnam’s Team Whale at the 2023 World Championship.

Recently, the deal to transfer a slot in the 2024 season of VCS from Saigon Buffalo Esports to Vikings has been completed, marking a new journey for both Vikings and SofM.

Duy is widely known in the domestic and regional LoL community for his skills, tactics and unique style of play. In 2016, he moved to China and competed in the LPL for Snakes Esports (now LNG Esports).

After three years, he moved to another Chinese team, Suning (now Weibo Gaming). At the new team, he became the first Vietnamese to enter the final of a world championship, playing an important role in the campaign. However, Suning lost to South Korea’s Damwon Gaming in the final.

In 2022, he took a hiatus on his career and spent the entire 2023 streaming, coaching and consulting.

In late 2023, there have been rumors that he will return to China’s League of Legends Pro League as a player or even a head coach of Bilibili Gaming to reunite with his two former teammates Bin and ON. However, BLG denied the rumors.

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