Slingshot obtained Saturday a letter owners of the North American and European League of Legends Championship Series teams sent to Riot Games outlining their concerns and some suggestions for the future of the LCS.
The document, which is attached in its entirety below to be viewed, is addressed to Marc Merrill, Whalen Roselle, Jarred Kennedy, Jason Yeh and Brandon Beck. It addresses issues between the teams and Riot, and the owners outline six primary objectives they want to achieve.
The goal of the ongoing discussions held between the teams and Riot were meant to solve a number of serious problems the owners see with the current state of the LCS:
- The lack of job security, fair compensation and longer careers for players caused by insufficient compensation and relegation;
- The damage to the Teams’ ability to invest in LCS players caused by insufficient compensation and relegation;
- The weakening relationship between fans and LCS caused by relegation;
- The harm to Team sponsorships caused by relegation and LCS’ restrictions on sponsors;
- The effective elimination of the path to pro caused by the Teams’ need to redirect resources from LCS to Challenger as a result of insufficient compensation and relegation.
- The financial hardship suffered by the Teams caused by insufficient compensation paid to the teams.
The second part addresses Riot’s proposals to solve the problems, with the most notable part being that Riot will not address the issue of relegation in the North American LCS until at least 2018 and the European LCS until 2019.