The NACL, a league in development for the LCS, the main professional League of Legends league in North America, was announced in 2022 and was initially made up of 16 teams, where there would be 10 former Academy teams operated by LCS teams and six ” Provisional teams” amateurs. However, the LCS teams requested Riot Games to remove the requirement to have a roster in the NACL by early 2023, which the company behind the MOBA agreed to in May, arguing that the change was made “to support the continued success and long term of the professional esports ecosystem and teams in North America.”
That’s how most LCS teams immediately reduced their rosters in the NACL, which according to the LCSPA (LCS Players Association), put “up to 70 players, coaches and managers” out of work, all at less than a month before the start of the NACL Summer Split 2023 this June 1. The Players Association also noted that Riot had committed to not making any changes to the NACL just a week before the announcement.
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A move that did not have a good response from the LCSPA players, who in a vote that took place on May 28, “overwhelmingly approved” the strike call. The Players Association said in a announcement that: “This is not a decision that LCS players have taken lightly. We had countless discussions and debates among all LCS players in the week leading up to this historic vote. “One thing is clear from those conversations: our players they want to play and compete above all else. Coming together to put competition aside is a testament to the importance and urgency of the issues at hand.”
“We remain in an impasse over actions taken by Riot without prior communication or discussion with LCS players. The LCSPA sincerely hopes that Riot will take notice of this walk out and meet with us in the coming days for an open and transparent discussion that can allow us to build solutions together to ensure the best future for the LCS and NACL,” the statement said. .
But for now, this decision doesn’t say they’re going on strike immediately, as the Players Association said it’s hopeful Riot will avoid it by “joining us in the coming days for open and transparent discussions.” Something that if it doesn’t happen and everything continues as it is, it would mean that players would pause the game in one of the biggest and most popular esports leagues on the planet.
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