Esport: in Bercy, the new tour de force of the Karmine Corp

Esport: in Bercy, the new tour de force of the Karmine Corp

It’s hard not to abuse superlatives with the Karmine Corp. Created just over a year and a half ago, the club, notably founded by the duo Kamel “Kameto” Kebir – Amine “Prime” Mekri, filled the Accor Arena in Paris-Bercy on Tuesday evening, on the occasion of the second edition of his “KCX”. An event designed to bring together its massive community of fans in front of the matches of its teams, sold out in a few hours despite a more than late announcement. An impressive feat.

12,000 tickets sold in a few hours, ten days before the event

In the pipes for a little while, initially planned for the beginning of the year and the revenge against the Spanish structure KOI on League of Legends (finally organized at the Carrousel du Louvre due to restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic), this major event was partly unveiled on May 20 to allow fans to anticipate a trip to Paris. But, due to some delays in the procedures, the enclosure was not revealed until the week of June 6 and the ticket office only opened on Friday 10. Eleven days before the event.

Enough to raise some doubts, even inside the KC: with a gauge of 12,000 seats, in the middle of the week, a young audience and despite the very strong commitment of the club community, it is difficult to imagine an idyllic scenario . And yet. ” At home, some thought that everything would leave the day the ticket office opened, others, including me, felt that it would take longerslips Zouhair “Kotei” Karji, one of the founders of the club and partner of Kameto for years. And then when we start the thing, we see the queue go up to 45,000 people and we understand. “In a few hours, everything was gone.

We had to apologize ’cause we didn’t think it would be this badcontinues Kotei. There are always people complaining, but fans have generally embraced the thing like crazy and the majority of disappointed people have been understanding. We were told that some international artists fill in more slowly than us… We really have the best community in the world. »

On site, the latter and her self-proclaimed ultras, gathered in a giant kop, created a crazy atmosphere as always. And this, despite the slap received by the team Valorant (2-13, against Vitality), then defeat, two hours later and after a musical interlude, training League of Legends (against Misfits Premier, in LFL). As each of the latter’s players entered, one after another, amidst a human tide, the fans made the event a little more special. If Bercy has experienced warm atmospheres, it settles objectively at the top of the basket.

In addition to the 12,000 people on site, up to nearly 200,000 gathered on Kameto’s Twitch channel where the event was broadcast live, bringing a little more scale to the appointment. If Karmine, ambitious (it seeks in particular to join the LEC, the European elite on League of Legends, a closed league), had already proven that she was capable of achieving great things, she sent a hell of a message to the esports planet and beyond. To the point of creating a stir among some in the LEC, where some clubs would like to be inspired by what the KC is doing. But are blocked by Riot Games, the game’s publisher.

A KCX3 in the head, the dream of a dedicated loudspeaker

And this KCX2 is not a ceiling for Karmine Corp: ” When we did the first, we were already talking about the second, so obviously today we are already thinking about the third, bigger, better smiles Kotei. The “stadium” subject, mentioned by Kameto during his short exchange with President Emmanuel Macron during the reception for esports at the Élysée in early June, dug by the club for a little while, will inevitably come back to the table. too.

A year ago, Kamel was talking about it in a video and got turned on by people who don’t know esportsrecalls his friend. Today, it doesn’t seem so stupid anymore. We think about it, we want a place to meet our fans regularly. But we are not going to burn the stages “. After Bercy and his show of force this Tuesday evening, nothing seems impossible for Karmine Corp.


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