EU LCS franchising: A fading spark

Franchising—or long-term partnership—is about to be implemented in Europe! But have we seen problems in the system since it’s North American introduction?

by Daniil Volkov

(Image courtesy of Riot Games)

When Riot Games first announced the NA LCS was going to be switching to franchising, the message evoked a mixed response. Eventually, though, the idea of having a stronger competitive scene won the fans over, and most agreed that the switch was a necessary step for League of Legends esports. 

But is that really the case? Now that we had almost an entire season of franchising in North America,  it’s clear the system isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And considering it’s about to be adopted in Europe, this might be a grim foreshadowing of things to come.


Daniil Volkov