Four European League of Legends Championship Series teams have submitted applications for membership in the North American League Championship Series, according to a report from ESPN.
G2 Esports, Splyce, Fnatic, and Misfits have filed for NA LCS charter membership before the deadline. According to the report, the reason behind those decisions stems from a lack of communication to the teams from Riot Games regarding the future of the EU LCS. Because the plans are already laid out clearly in the NA LCS, the teams reportedly feel more secure in joining NA.
In the event the applications are accepted, the European teams will have to go through an extensive relocation process. That includes moving the gaming house to Los Angeles and dropping the majority of their European players in favor for NA players to adhere to regional import limitations. According to the report, however, it’s unlikely Riot accepts any of the applications considering the teams’ strong existing presence in Europe.
Riot announced in June that starting next year, the NA LCS will consist of “permanent partners” in a franchise model. Part of that included doing away with the Challenger Series in favor of an Academy system, and another part included the creation of a Riot-funded players association. The deadline for teams to apply for an NA LCS franchise was Friday, and the price tag was $10 million.
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