Report: Riot Games Denies Dignitas' Application For 2018 North American LCS

Image credit: LoL Esports/Flickr
Image credit: LoL Esports/Flickr

A League of Legends pro team that has played since 2011 will reportedly not participate in the coming competitive season.

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According to a report from ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, Riot Games has declined Team Dignitas’ application to compete in the 2018 North American League of Legends Championship Series.

The new North American LCS will host 10 franchised teams, at a buy-in of $10 million. Dignitas’ rejection means the team will lose its spot, and have to terminate or sell any player contracts extending past the Nov. 21 transfer period opening date.

According to ESPN, Dignitas will be put in a compensation pool for an exit fee alongside other current LCS teams that don’t make the cut, made up of the extra fee that new incoming owners like Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and son Kirk will pay. Dignitas will receive a minimum of six shares of the pool, three for each split since the team’s ownership change in 2016, according to the report.

The news came as a shock to Team Dignitas coach Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco:

Team Dignitas has been tied with the Philadelphia 76ers since the NBA organization purchased controlling stakes in the team in 2016. Dignitas was also a founding team of the NA LCS since its inception in 2013, and by all accounts, had a solid showing in the 2017 season, taking fourth in the summer playoffs and fifth-sixth in the spring.

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As one of the most established names in North American League of Legends, backed by a professional basketball association and certainly having sufficient talent to compete, it’s unclear what quality Riot Games determined Dignitas was lacking to make this decision.

Freelance writer, Dota enthusiast, Texan.

DISCUSSION

ThreeOneFive
ThreeOneFive

The idea that Riot can just unanimously decide to kick teams from a season, for apparently vague and ill-defined reasons, is just insane to me. Like, there was kind of an uproar in the Dota world during TI7 because it was the first year without Na’Vi, but that was because they did terribly during majors (thus not getting enough points for a direct invite) and screwed the pooch in the qualifiers.

My preference in MOBAs aside, I am definitely not a fan of the way Riot handles this kind of stuff. Seems very cold and backroom.