KeSPA will take care of player management, team financials, and other roles after a negotiation with Longzhu’s Parent company, according to a news release. The decision comes a month after Longzhu came under fire when former players claimed the team was late in paying them. The team also allegedly failed to sign this year’s players to contracts until well after the League Champions Korea spring split started.
“The Association will continuously offer its support to Longzhu, an important portion of the LCK, so that the players can play in a more stable and safe environment,” KeSPA announced. “We will continue to work in cooperation with Riot Korea in order to ensure that League Champions Korea is also run in stable fashion.”
The release didn’t specify if the financial status of the company was the reasoning behind this decision, and the exact details are still made unclear. KeSPA will maintain control of Longzhu’s League of Legends team until the end of the players’ contracts in November, with no indication what will happen at that point.
This is the second time KeSPA has taken control of a LCK team. The first was when the Association took control over SBENU’s League team following accusations of match fixing in StarCraft 2. Longzhu is currently fourth in the LCK standings and has been considered a strong contender to the top three in the league that consists of SK Telecom T1, KT Rolster and Samsung Galaxy.