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Splyce and exceL reported to join EU LCS as franchise partners

 

Today, Jacob Wolf of ESPN Esports broke the news that Splyce and exceL would be set to join the EU LCS. In an initial report by Jacob Wolf, it was believed that North and Movistar Riders would be joining the EU LCS, but recent negotiations reportedly fell through. Wolf also disclosed that the EU LCS partners should be announced this Tuesday, following the finalization of its 10 organizations.

Sources: In last-minute shakeup, negotiations between @riotgames and two initial franchise-selects, @Movistar_Riders and @TheNorthIsHere, have fallen through. #EULCS to welcome @Splyce back, as well as @exceL.

Story: https://t.co/aaPCX7eFCZ

— Jacob Wolf (@JacobWolf) November 19, 2018

Splyce is no stranger to the EU LCS, having been in the league since acquiring Dignitas’ EU slot in 2016. Splyce is an American esports organization known for its consistent involvement in League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the fighting game community, and more recently the Overwatch League with the addition of the Toronto Defiant. After initially being rejected in the application process, Splyce stands as another endemic esports organization that survived the culling that is franchising.

The exceL — Europe’s newest addition — is largely known for competing in amateur League of Legends tournaments across Europe including the British National league and ESL Premiership. However, Wolf reported that exceL Esports’ majority shareholder — Guinevere Capital — also has a stake in Oceanic Premier League team, Dire Wolves. This does not necessarily represent a conflict of interest given the region lock, but goes against Riot’s rules of any one person or entity owning more than a single team.

As of late last week, the #EULCS reported franchise partners are (list based off ownership HQ):

G2 Esports
Fnatic
Schalke 04
Team Vitality
Misfits
Origen (owned by RFRSH)
Splyce
Rogue
exceL Esports
SK Gaming

— Jacob Wolf (@JacobWolf) November 19, 2018

In another bit of franchising news, RFRSH Entertainment acquired the Origen brand to take place of Astralis, a brand well-known in CS:GO. Astralis is one of the best — if not the best — Counter Strike teams in the world, but Origen’s social clout in League of Legends is undeniable and the brand signals a strong start for RFRSH’s foray into the EU LCS. The EU LCS’s final 10 teams are: G2 Esports, Fnatic, Schalke 04, Team Vitality, Misfits, Origen, Splyce, Rogue, exceL Esports and SK Gaming.

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