Royal Never Give Up is a Chinese League of Legends team that was founded in 2015 and joined the LoL Pro League for the 2016 spring split.
RNG recruited two Season 4 world champions in support Cho "Mata" Se-hyeong and Jang "Looper" Hyeong-seok for the team’s first LPL starting roster. Picking a strong roster from the beginning paid off, and RNG quickly got an opportunity to perform on an international stage.
The team was invited to the IEM Season X World Championship, where it had a strong international debut and finished third. RNG kept up this good performance and finished the LPL 2016 Spring Split as the best team in China, repeating this same success in the summer after the recruitment of Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao.
At Worlds 2016, RNG beat Team SoloMid and Splyce in groups to earn a spot in the quarterfinals, but that’s where the run finished after a loss against SK Telecom T1.
Looper and Mata then left the team to play in other regions, as Looper joined Echo Fox in North America and Mata went back home to Korea. Mata was replaced by Shi "Ming" Sen-Ming during the 2017 offseason.
Despite the roster changes, RNG didn’t struggle to stay on top of the region. In both LPL seasonal splits, the team achieved a record of 14 wins with only two losses and finished the playoffs in second place, securing a seed for Worlds 2017 and yet another strong performance.
At the 2017 World Championship, RNG dominated the group stage and secured a spot in the playoffs. The team made it through to the semifinals this time, but SKT knocked it out once again as RNG placed third.
Going into the LPL 2018 Spring Split, Uzi took a brief break to heal his left shoulder after an injury. Without Uzi, RNG was shaken up a bit at the beginning of the year. But with Uzi back for the playoffs, the team took its second LPL title. The team was also in control at the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, taking their first international title after a dominating win against Korea’s DragonX in the finals.
RNG defended its regional title during the summer split and secured a spot at Worlds 2018 as the best team in China. But the team couldn’t repeat their success from MSI. RNG advanced to the quarterfinals by placing first in groups, but it failed to keep up with G2 Esports and finished fifth after a five-game series loss.
The 2019 season was one of the poorest in the history of RNG. After a fifth-place finish at the LPL 2019 Spring Playoffs, the team showcased more of its talent during the summer split. RNG lost against future world champion FunPlus Phoenix in the playoff semifinals. But their improvement was enough for the team to qualify for the 2019 World Championship.
At Worlds 2019, RNG was placed in the so-called “group of death” with SKT, Fnatic, and Clutch Gaming. For the first time, the team failed to advance out of groups. Failing to win against SKT and Fnatic, RNG was out.