When it was decided that the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS) would be restructuring itself towards a franchised business model, many esports organizations from other regions became interested in jumping ship.
A report from August claimed that at least four teams from the European League Championship Series (EU LCS) had submitted applications to Riot Games to join the new competitive circuit. This included Fnatic, G2 Esports, Misfits, and Splyce.
According to a new report from ESPN, sources close to the matter have confirmed that the four teams were rejected this week by Riot Games. This means that they must now return to their own region and prepare for the next season.
It is not all good news for the NA LCS teams as well. Team Dignitas, Team Envy, Phoenix1, and Immortals have been rejected so far. Only Team SoloMid, Team Liquid, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Echo Fox, and FlyQuest have been approved.
More than a hundred applications have so far been submitted to Riot Games in the hopes of acceptance. The company is said to have started notifying rejected applicants last week. It is expected to make an official announcement as to which of the ten applications have been approved for the NA LCS in the coming weeks.
The EU LCS may not be heading for franchising, but the stipend for every participating team is being increased by roughly 40 percent. There are also plans to divide Europe into four separate regions with more than double the amount of teams participating in League of Legends.