“As part of our 2018 season’s preparation, and after much discussions with the game publisher, Riot Games, numerous uncertainties remain in our view on the future of the League of Legends esports scene in Europe,” the announcement reads. “Our Challenger Series experiences led us to wonder about the League of Legends competitive scene economic balance. The revenue sharing model offered by Riot Games is very far from compensating the costs of a structure with European ambitions, partly because of the strong inflation of pro gamers’ salaries, in our mind unjustified regarding the audience numbers evolution of the last months.”
PSG’s concerns about being unsure of the team’s financial future in League echoes the sentiment expressed by H2K in a recent open letter to the League of Legends community.
PSG also parted ways with YellowStaR, its head of esports, citing that the former League of Legends professional wished to find other future opportunities. YellowStaR joined the organization last year and spearheaded PSG’s entry into League of Legends, which ended after two Challenger Series splits without even a qualification for the promotional tournament to the European League of Legends Championship Series.
“Looking back, we had ups and downs,” YellowStaR said in a news release. “Starting with an incredible and unique entry into the esports scene: a very good FIFA 17 season signed by Lucas ‘DaXe‘ Cuillerier’s world championship title, a challenging but disappointing season on League of Legends and now a sky rocketing debut on Rocket League!”
PSG assures fans that this isn’t the organization pulling out from esports as a whole, but limited to only League of Legends, and it will continue to support its rosters in FIFA and Rocket League.