Riot Games has announced that the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) will introduce a franchise model in 2021.
LCK will adopt the same model – in which teams will compete for a long time. Limited partnerships with the developer – this currently exists in China, Europe and North America with LPL, LEC and LCS.
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Riot Games' official explanation of its plans for the LCK is as follows: “We have come to the conclusion that LCK must be a stage where players, teams and fans can play Fulfill dreams not only for a short time, but for generations. We will adopt the long-term partnership model in LCK in 2021. And we will bring back the glory. “
The league accepts franchise applications that include business plans for team operations and funding. An application review process is carried out from June to August. As a result of the new model, LoL Challengers Korea – similar to other regional leagues – will be discontinued in favor of a new academy competition.
The new-look LCK will also try to improve player support, with Riot Games earning a minimum salary of KRW 60 million (39,731 GBP 71) per season.
At the beginning of the year, Riot Games announced this with a view to implementing such a system with its Brazilian league, CBLoL later this year. Similar to other competitions, there will be an organizational buy-in with no chance of relegation. The Turkish championship league will also follow in 2021.
Esports Insider says: If done correctly, this could be a very welcome change for the LCK. Creating more stability for teams, players and yourself should be at the top of the Riot Games priority list with this step. Although we don't know anything about the finances of LEC, LCS, and LPL, the teams seem happy with their development.