In another blow to the 2019 League of Legends Championship Series, the German team ROCCAT has announced that it will not participate in the coming season. This comes as many other European teams have left the series. The move also comes while Riot Games is planning some changes to how it will offer competitive events in the European Union segment of the League Championship Series or EU LCS.
ROCCAT had been active in sponsoring various esports teams over time, although the group started fielding a League of Legends team in 2014. The group started out in Poland but expanded its reach into Germany not long after this while also acquiring players from Scandinavia and South Korea.
ROCCAT had been a regular contender in Championship Series events in recent time. The group was promoted to international competition in 2016, but the team had not been as successful as hoped. The team finished near the bottom of the standings in the EU LCS Summer event in August. The team was also in the sixth place in the Spring edition of the event in March. The entire roster for the team had been set up in December of last year as the team had disbanded its roster at the time.
ROCCAT announced on its Facebook page that the company is no longer going to support a League of Legends team. However, the group will continue to work with various other esports competitions over time. CEO and group founder Rene Korte particularly stated on Facebook that ROCCAT will be working with the larger esports scene without focusing much on League of Legends.
The move comes as many other European teams have been getting out of the competition field. These include such teams as Giants Gaming, Unicorns of Love, H2K, and Splyce. These groups attempted to attain a franchise partnership with the EU LCS, although their applications were all denied. It is uncertain as to whether the teams were going to be accepted into the next edition of the EU LCS if a second attempt was to be made.
The EU LCS is planning a new format for the 2019 season. Riot Games will select from ten franchises that have been around for a while. These include franchises that have been competing for the last few years; ROCCAT is believed to be one of the groups that could have qualified to compete in this field.
The goal of what Riot Games is doing is to try and create a consistent league that will feature permanent members competing with each other. This would work in lieu of gameplay being utilized to figure out who is going to qualify to compete in tournaments and special events. A relegation system would still be utilized to allow new teams to come in to replace the weaker ones every year.
The reduced number of candidates for competition in the field has ended up making it harder for the EU LCS to work accordingly. Riot Games has not released any specific details on the particular candidates that will be competing in the field this season.