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Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

These are just some reactions to the announcement of franchising in NA LCS. If Riot Games is concerned with supporting its pros, it needs to shorten their LCS seasons and make an actual offseason to stop burnout. Also, Riot only gave Tainted Minds a slap on the wrist, so I can’t say how committed they are if money isn’t involved. Second, I don’t think the competitiveness will disappear now that franchising is here, but there are some teams that will always be bad because they have proven time and time again that regardless of the amount of money they have, they don’t have any idea on how to make a team or how to manage one into becoming successful. Third, if team strategy was a serious consideration, I don’t know how NRG or Echo Fox will make it in.

Finally, it’s a good idea to think about this in the overall landscape. I assume that if a team can, it will want a spot in both Overwatch League and the LCS. But if it had only enough money to invest in one, which would it choose? If teams understand the respective games, then it feels League of Legends is a higher risk because of a higher chance of player burnout, and so far the patches have had a much more destructive effect on the pro scene, which could make your investment into a superstar player moot. As scenes, you know what the LCS will get you roughly in terms of viewership and engagement, whereas OWL has yet to start and there are no LANs to give you even a rough estimate. Finally, it is growing potential. I don’t think the LCS will grow substantially, whereas Overwatch likely will. I don’t have an answer on which I’d pick as I’d need more data, but these are some factors to consider.


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