In October 2017 Michel “HugMePlease” Waanders founded Stenden NHL Esports, also known as the Stenden NHL Lionkings. A month after the launch the organization already had 50 members, proving the interest of students into professional gaming. This esports organization would represent Stenden NHL and participate in the Dutch College League, the highest level of play for college based League of Legends teams, after securing a spot directly via an open qualifier for the DCL with a winrecord of 16-1. The Lionkings would participate in the 2018 season and be active in the Dutch Premier League, ending the season in 4th. Highlight of the season was a showmatch where the Lionkings would play with and against the professional players from the Unicorns of Love, which the Lionkings would eventually lose after a dominant performance from professional midlaner Exile.

After the season the organization would switch its main focus towards education, resulting in a split from Stenden NHL and rebranding towards Northern Lions Esports. Although no official connection remained, a collaboration between Northern Lions and Stenden NHL resulted in the opening of the gaming facility in March 2019, forming the base to build a growing community with students and gamers from across the globe we still have today.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic disturbed our daily activities, it wouldn’t stop us from connecting with eachother. In May, Northern Lions Esports would host the Quarantine games: Tournaments on League of Legends, Rocket League and Counter strike: Global offensive with teams competing for a prize pool. Since the summer holiday of 2020 we’ve been hard at work with a complete overhaul of the organization. More people, a brand new gaming facility and a bigger identity overall. For more information about our future, look here

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