Community wikis don’t usually come with so much drama. Anybody can put up a server and register an address, wiki software is deliberately open-source, and the works of a bunch of fan-archivists to chronicle the goings-on of a scene is usually only of interests for fellow enthusiasts that can’t memorize non-Anglican names, like Sang-hyeok ‘Faker’ Lee. A few of them become bedrock institutions to a scene – one where an ever-increasing number of writers, analysts, journalists, and coaches fall back on to study data and historical trends.
When Esportspedia fell, the impact of it shuddered through the whole ecosystem – representative of just how much it’s grown since its days as Leaguepedia. Though, strictly speaking, it wasn’t Leaguepedia’s descendant: the latter still exists, and they only share material that’s copylefted or public domain. It’s just that Leaguepedia is updated less frequently, its original operators all moved house, its staff is smaller and less inclusive of every major region, and Riot casters never mention it by name.
Similarly, GAMURS’ EsportsWikis project, headed by former Esportspedia president RheingoldRiver, is not – strictly speaking – Esportspedia 2.0.
“I can comment that EsportsWikis is independent to Azubu and Esportspedia,” said GAMURS CEO Riad Chikhani. “It is a community-driven project run by a team of dedicated individuals.”
Chikhani acknowledges what was mentioned in River’s initial statements, following her departure from Azubu: “I initially spoke to River on the 1st of May in regards to a sponsorship. It quickly moved to a discussion regarding a potential acquisition when we realized our brands would work well together.”
But, apparently, it didn’t. Azubu admitted the factuality of River’s statements later on – that the negotiations broke down, and the company’s new CEO got cold feet about selling off the asset. As of June 16, the site is still online – but with River’s move, along with that of an unknown number of fellow staffers and volunteers, Esportspedia’s since been on lockdown. No edits have been made since June 7th – meaning that among the 3 League of Legends-related wiki sites, it is now the most obsolete.
GAMURS, meanwhile, has plans to expand. “With ESW being under the GAMURS umbrella, the esports community can rest assured that not only will the lights be kept on,” said Chikhani. “But the data we provide will continue to grow and expand as we look to other titles that we will cover.”
EsportsWikis currently covers League of Legends, Call of Duty, Halo, and Smite.