Riot Games has announced that it will cut Echo Fox from its League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) after an incident of racism by a member of its possession group went unaddressed. As a part of an agreement between Riot and Echo Fox, LCS will promote the vacant slot and “provide the bulk of the proceeds from the sale to Echo Fox.”
Riot Games partnered with Echo Fox and ten other esports organizations in 2017, granting them permanent franchise standing, in change for a $10 million charge. A lot of big players, together with professional sports groups just like the New York Yankees and Cleveland Cavaliers, jumped on the chance to enter. Since then, the league has been relatively stable, apart from a merger between Team Dignitas and Clutch Gaming. Nevertheless, this will be the first time that one of many LCS’s original franchises has wholly left the league since franchising began.
The problems with Echo Fox began when proprietor and former NBA star Rick Fox announced he was departing the staff over racial abuse from a team investor directed at former CEO Jace Hall, as initially reported by Dexerto. Riot Games then launched an investigation, with LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley promising to “respond accordingly, based on available actions inside our team agreements and the LCS Rules.”