G2 Esports is a Spain-based multi-gaming organization, currently competing in League of Legends' EU LCS. They were formerly known as Gamers2 before rebranding to the current name in 2016. They currently compete under the name G2 Kinguin in representation of their sponsor Kinguin.
G2 Esports rebranded from the name Gamers2 in October 2015, after qualifying for the EU LCS. In addition to rebranding, the team changed several positions in their roster: from Smittyj, Kikis, PerkZ, Jesse, and Hybrid as their qualifying roster, G2 Esports moved Kikis to top lane and add Korean players Trick and Emperor. Their roster quickly rose to prominence and recognition in the LCS, consistently tied for first place after each week, sometimes with H2k and sometimes also with Vitality, until the end of the split when they held first place with sole possession. With a quarterfinal bye, the playoffs also saw them strong, as they defeated both Fnatic and Origen 3-1 to win the season and secure an invitation to the Mid-Season Invitational.
Going into MSI, G2 Esports were seen as a favorite not to win, but to come in second place to the Korean representatives SK Telecom T1. However, the team lost their first four games of the round robin and ultimately finished in fifth place, ahead of only SuperMassive eSports, and out of playoff contention - importantly, this placement meant that Europe would miss out on a Pool 1 Seed at Worlds. In a statement published partway through the second day of play, G2 stated that their players had taken vacation time after a "rigorous Spring Split." Emperor later stated that there had been an internal conflict within the team one day prior to the start of the event.
These several factors - their performance compared to expectations, the far-reaching impact of their result harming the European region as a whole for Worlds seeding, and their statement seeming like a poor excuse - resulted in the organization receiving significant backlash from the community and sparked a debate with varied opinions on the matter from different people.
G2 revamped their roster for the 2016 EULCS Summer Split, adding superstar bottom lane Zven and Mithy, as well as adding Expect in the Top Lane after Kikis' departure. In the regular season, G2 went undefeated finishing in 1st place with 10 wins and 8 draws. Entering the 2016 EULCS Summer Playoffs as the heavy favorite, G2 defeated Unicorns of Love (3-1) in the Semifinals and then the massively improved Splyce squad (3-1) in the Finals to win their second EU LCS title in a row. This would also qualify them for the 2016 World Championship as Europe's #1 seed.
G2 was then drawn in Group A along with LCK champions ROX Tigers, NA's second seed Counter Logic Gaming and IWCQ winner Albus NoX Luna. The team, however, failed to make it out of the group stage, finishing the Worlds run with a 1-5 standing.
Despite the massive failure the team had at Worlds, the organization still chose to re-sign the entire squad for the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split. The team also added Team SoloMid's former Coach, Weldon Green, as the Assistant Coach.
G2 continues to dominate the EU LCS throughout the 2017 Spring Split, losing only to Roccat in Week 10. With a 12:1 record, they were directly seeded into semi-finals where they faced off Fnatic. They closed out the series 3:1 fashion and moved on to the finals to play against Unicorns of Love. As expected, G2 won their third consecutive European title and earned the right to represent EULCS at the 2017 MSI.
At the 2017 Mid-Season Invitationals, G2 went 4-6 to rank third in the Group Stage phase. This ensures that EULCS teams get first tier placement in the upcoming 2017 World Championship. In the Playoffs, they first faced WE where they defeat them 3:1 to advance to the finals. Against the reigning champion SK Telecom T1, G2 was only able to take one game off of them. Still, they redeemed themselves in the eyes of their fans, having performed poorly at the previous MSI.
Entering into the 2017 Summer Split, the team was placed in Group A along with Fnatic, Roccats, Misfits, and Ninjas in Pajamas. Though throughout the summer split the team was still considered a strong team, it was clear they were no longer dominant like they were in 2016, especially against Fnatic who was quickly establishing themselves as the best team in Europe. This was especially apparent in the inaugural Rift Rivals Red when the team performed dismally by securing only a single win against Cloud9 in the group stage; though to be fair, only Unicorns of Love made it out of the group stage to compete against Team Solomid in the Rift Rivals Finals. After the Rift Rivals, the team's performance slid off a bit more, ending their summer regular season in 2nd place in their group to secure a quarter-final bye in the 2017 EULCS Summer Playoffs.
In the quarter-finals, the team narrowly beat Splyce in a five game series to advance to the next round. In the semi-finals, they faced off against H2K and this time they were able to close off the series in a convincing 3-0 fashion to automatically qualify for 2017 Worlds by points alone. In the finals, they faced Misfits who was able to eliminate Fnatic in the semi-final in a surprising 3-1 fashion. Though their opponent was able to put up some good fights in the finals series, G2 dominated the finals without losing a match to secure their fourth EULCS championship, thus securing a first seed status for the European region in the 2017 Worlds Championship.
- January 7th, Tornell and Relinquished join as subs.
- May 18th, Zven and mithy join. Emperor and Hybrid leave. Expect joins as a sub. Tornell leaves.
- June 12th, Expect moves to starting top laner. Kikis moves to sub.
- July 12th, Kikis leaves. Unlimited joins as a sub. 
- November 22nd, Unlimited retires.
- Hoang, Sub/Support. Nationality: dk.Residency: EU.
- Expect, Top.
- Zven, AD.
- mithy, Support.
- Send0o, Top.
- Upset, AD.
- Visdom, Support.
- Trick, Jungle.
- Unlimited, Support.
- Kikis, Top.
- Emperor, AD.
- Hybrid, Support.
- Tornell, Top. Nationality: se.Residency: EU.
- Jesse, AD.
- Smittyj, Top.
- ocelote, Founder/Owner/CEO.
- GrabbZ, Head Coach. Nationality: by.
- Duffman, Head Analyst. Nationality: uk.
- MindGamesWeldon, Assistant Coach. Nationality: us.
- Duffman, Team Manager & Head Analyst. Nationality: uk.
- YoungBuck, Head Coach.
- MIRAA, Content Manager. Nationality: pt.
- Sharkz, Assistant Coach. Nationality: by.
- Canoodle, Social Media & Community Manager. Nationality: dk.
- kedzr, Video Editor. Nationality: es.
- Bull, Manager. Nationality: es.
- JammeH, Operations Manager. Nationality: uk.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2016-10-06||13 - 16th||2016 Season World Championship||1 : 5||Not found||$ 20,937.50|
|2016-08-28||1st||2016 EU LCS Summer Playoffs||3 : 1||Splyce||$ 50,000|
|2016-07-31||1st||2016 EU LCS Summer Season||10-8-0||Not found|
|2016-05-08||5th||2016 Mid-Season Invitational||2 : 8||Not found|
|2016-04-17||1st||2016 EU LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||Origen||$ 50,000|
|2016-03-18||1st||2016 EU LCS Spring Round Robin||15 : 3||Not found|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2017-09-03||1st||2017 EU LCS Summer Playoffs||3 : 0||Misfits Gaming||$ 100,000|
|2017-08-12||2nd||2017 EU LCS Summer Round Robin||8 : 5||Not found|
|2017-07-08||6th||2017 Rift Rivals/Blue Rift||1 : 5||Not found|
|2017-05-22||2nd||2017 Mid-Season Invitational||1 : 3||SK Telecom T1||$ 338,000|
|2017-04-23||1st||2017 EU LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||Unicorns Of Love||€ 80,000|
|2017-04-01||1st||2017 EU LCS Spring Round Robin||12 : 1||Not found|
|2017-02-26||2nd||IEM Season XI World Championship Katowice||0 : 2||Flash Wolves||$ 30,000|
- May 6th - G2 Esports releases statement on MSI performance with TheScore eSports
- November 29th - G2 owner Ocelote on relegation, team transparency, League's offseason, and more with YAHOO! Esports
- December 21st - Ocelote: “Todos los equipos relevantes querían a nuestros jugadores” with El Desmarque
- April 25th - Weldon Green on G2: “Our mindset while scrimming is to prepare for the ultimate opponent, or in other words, ‘SKT wouldn’t fall for this,'” with Slingshot Esports
- May 12th - G2 Perkz: 'I think we take the best of ones kind of wrongly. We prepare for the teams themselves instead of focusing on our own strategies.' with YAHOO! Esports
- May 18th - G2 Coach Weldon Green: ’Whether we do well in the [bracket stage or not, I think that we’ve learned a ton here and gotten a lot better’] with YAHOO! Esports
- June 7th - Esports Salon Ep 8: LCS Franchising Era (feat. Reginald, ocelote and HotshotGG) with Thooorin
- October 3rd - G2's Weldon Green: 'I didn't see Fnatic doing well in the regular season, I saw them finding a composition that worked and then just playing that exclusively and not try anything else' with theScore eSports
- October 19th - Weldon talks to Travis about G2's run at Worlds, why he thinks TSM lost, and more with Travis Gafford
Articles & Videos
- August 11th - Gamers2 secure European LCS Promotion Tournament spot with 2-0 win over Denial EU by Nic Doucet (thescoreesports.com)
- September 5th - GAMERS2 ASCEND AND GAMBIT DEFEND IN THE 2016 EU LCS SPRING PROMOTION TOURNAMENT by Schuyler Winter (lolesports.com)
- September 12th - G2 - Road to LCS by Gamers2
- April 6th - EU LCS playoff preview: G2 Esports, Fnatic square off for spot in the finals by Adel Chouadria on ESPN
- April 8th - Kelsey Moser's EU LCS Semifinals Preview: The tandem bike and the unicycles by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- April 12th - Guessing at G2’s Chances for Rotterdam by James "Obscurica" Chen on PVPLive
- April 28th -
- The Long Journey: Ocelote turns Gamers2 The Joke into G2 The Champs by Ryan Tang on Gamurs
- G2's journey to represent EU at MSI by Cassandra "Requine" Marshall on LoL Esports
- MSI Preview: G2's late game leverage by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- May 3rd - Who can beat SKT at the League of Legends 2016 Mid-Season Invitational? by Taylor Cocke (esports.yahoo.com)
- May 6th - Europe's G2 Esports get on the MSI 2016 board by Paul Marshall (lolesports.com)
- May 11th - The Brutality of Hubris: Royal Never Give Up's success and G2 Esports' failure by Kelsey Moser (thescoreesports.com)
- August 17th - G2 is Everywhere by G2 Esports
- August 22nd - It will be exciting, it will be underwhelming: Looking ahead to the EU LCS final by Kelsey Moser (thescoreesports.com)
- September 26th - WORLDS 2016 TEAM PROFILE: G2 ESPORTS by HeckMaister (esportsheaven.com)
- September 28th - BURN OR SHINE: EU TAKES ON THE WORLD by Phillip "Riot Costy" Costigan (eu.lolesports.com)
- September 29th -
- After upset loss to CLG at League of Legends Worlds, G2 has reason to panic - and reason to relax by Taylor Cocke (esports.yahoo.com)
- EU FALTERS ON DAY 1 OF WORLDS by Phillip "Riot Costy" Costigan (lolesports.com)
- October 5th - Cautioning against misdiagnosis: Reflecting on EU's poor Week 1 by Kelsey Moser (thescoreesports.com)
- October 6th -
- Team Fight Breakdown with Jatt: ROX vs. G2 by LoL Esports
- Albus NoX, ROX Tigers qualify for Worlds quarterfinals, CLG, G2 eliminated by Daniel Rosen (thescoreesports.com)
- November 5th - LEAGUE OF LEGENDS TEAM RENEW AGREEMENTS WITH G2 by G2NewsDesk
- January 19th - Со щитом или на щите: Новый сезон EU LCS by LoL Esports RU (ru.lolesports.com)
- March 14th - G2 Esports: Defeating the Monster by G2 Esports
- March 22nd - Ocelote on G2's international struggles: 'It's really not the end of the world' by Daniel Rosen (thescoreesports.com)
- April 2nd - Esports Spotlight with G2 Esports' Ocelote: 'I'm not careless about what I say, but I don't want to hide the truth' by Daniel Rosen (thescoreesports.com)
- April 5th - 2017 EU LCS SPRING PLAYOFFS by Jeff Latham (eu.lolesports.com)
- April 13th - The Meteoric Rise and Doubted Crown of G2 Esports, the New Kings of Europe - feat. Deficio by Blitz Esports
- April 20th - A Clash of Kings by G2 Esports
- May 9th - Mid-Season Invitational 2017 power rankings by Gabriel Zoltan-Johan (thescoreesports.com)
- May 10th -
- MSI 2017 Preview: Will Flash Wolves and G2 triumph against SKT T1, the all-time favorite? by Minyoung Jang (invenglobal.com)
- G2 Esports on their way to the top of the international stage with ‘Zven'? by Yeonjae Shin (invenglobal.com)
- May 12th - Match Analysis #2: How Team SoloMid nearly let G2 turn the game by Jaehoon Jeong (invenglobal.com)
- May 15th - The West disappoints, SKT is SKT and Gigabyte Marines leave as fan favorites: MSI group stage observations by Andrew Kim (slingshotesports.com)
- May 18th -
- The better G2 wins: G2 Esports and Team WE MSI semifinal preview by Kelsey Moser (esports.yahoo.com)
- Eyes on MSI: Europe Ep. 3 by LoL Esports
- 4 thoughts going into the MSI Knockout Stage by Kien Lam (lolesports.com)
- May 20th -
- G2 vs WE Match Analysis #5: Why G2 couldn't finish off WE in Game 3 by Jaehoon Jeong (invenglobal.com)
- MSI 2017 Semifinal Teaser: Team WE vs. G2 Esports by LoL Esports
- May 26th - Eyes on MSI: Korea Ep. 4 by LoL Esports
- May 30th -
- September 28th - G2 Esports talk tactics and strategy for Worlds by Pieter van Hulst (redbull.com)
- October 4th -
- 삼성-RNG-G2-페네르바체 포진한 C조, 그 향방은? by Inven
- 3 Storylines at the 2017 World Championship: Can SKT be defeated, is there hope for the West and will China defend home turf? by Josh Bury & Gabriel Zoltan-Johan (thescoreesports.com)
- G2 x White Sage: G2 Is Goin' To Get Ya by G2 Esports
- The Mid-Season Invitational Power Rankings espn.go.com
- MSI 2016 Power Rankings lolesports.com
- Club statement about MSI 2016 g2esports.com
- G2 Emperor Post on Facebook !! reddit.com
- Soaz regarding reddit criticism on G2 reddit.com
- PerkZ on G2's lack of MSI prep: 'We decided...taking that vacation would be maybe better for us' youtube.com
- MonteCristo on G2's statement about MSI 2016 youtube.com
- Thorin's Thoughts - G2 and the Practice Problem (LoL) youtube.com
- The Revolution Is Here g2esports.com
- Announcing The Team Dignitas LoL Roster team-dignitas.net
- Jesse's Tweet twitter.com
- G2 agrees terms with Emperor & Trick g2esports.com
- Vacation is over. youtube.com
- G2 Esports' Tweet twitter.com
- G2 eSports and Kikis Part Ways "g2esports.com"
- Riot Contract Database
- G2 Esports 2018 Roster g2esports.com
- 2018 EU LCS: Official Rosters eu.lolesports.com
- Christopher ‘Duffman’ Duff Returns As G2 Head Analyst g2esports.com