Team ROCCAT will not take part in next year’s EU LCS, the organization announced Wednesday. This confirms earlier reports by ESPN about ROCCAT’s exclusion from the league.
“After being part of the LCS for the past five years, the decision was made to broaden the brand’s focus to the wider eSports scene,” CEO Rene Korte wrote in a farewell message.
ROCCAT departure from EU LCS comes with the league’s change in structure. Starting 2019, EU LCS will transition to the franchising model of its North American cousin. The teams selected by Riot to participate will have a guaranteed spot in future seasons, as well as be part of a revenue sharing program. A total of 10 teams are said to enter the long-term partnership with Riot.
Apart from ROCCAT, Unicorns of Love and Giants Gaming have also confirmed their departure from EU LCS. The other two franchises reported to face exodus, H2K Gaming and Splyce, are yet to make a statement.
A series of reports from ESPN further hint towards what the EU LCS franchised line-up would be. Fnatic, G2, Misfits, Vitality and Schalke are the five teams that will stay. They are likely to be joined by Astralis, Movistar Riders, North, Rogue, and SK Gaming. An earlier report from May by SportsBild.de, however, spoke of major football teams like Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Swansea also eyeballing EU LCS spots, with Schalke’s future uncertain.
When it comes to ROCCAT, they are leaving behind a legacy of mixed EU LCS results. Their last two Splits were disappointing for their fans, as ROCCAT finished 5th-6th in the Spring Playoffs but failed to make it out of the groups in Summer.