Another endemic esports organization will not be joining the newly franchised North American League Championship Series (NA LCS) next year.
According to a new report from ESPN, sources close to the matter have confirmed that Immortals has been notified by Riot Games about its rejected application.
It is believed that the decision was based on two factors. Firstly, Immortals is already committed to the Overwatch League and that may prove to be a conflict of interest. Secondly, there were concerns regarding the financial stability of the organization because it has been operating at a loss since its formation back in late 2015.
The business model to create franchises works both ways. Teams must continue to invest in Riot Games so that it can share revenues with them in return. If even one team falls short, the whole building starts wobbling.
However, it is unfortunate because Immortals has a very competitive roster. It managed to qualify for the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2017) but was recently eliminated from the group stages. It is overall one of the best teams in the region and was the second-best in the last split of the NA LCS.
On the other hand, Echo Fox has been accepted into the exclusive circle of the franchised NA LCS. It will have to pay $10 million over the next few years. $5 million from this figure needs to be cleared before the start of the season.
Team SoloMid, Team Liquid, Cloud9, and Counter Logic Gaming are some of the other endemic esports organizations that have been accepted by Riot Games so far. Team Dignitas, Team Envy, and Phoenix1 have been rejected.
Riot Games is expected to make formal announcements in the coming weeks.