NA LCS organisations are up against a major problem as top players show solidarity for the less popular individuals in a slightly lower rank of competition.
North American League of Legends Championship (LCS) has been through a rough few years as the teams constantly keep failing to keep up with the biggest regions in the world, which is probably the reason why the organisations are looking for ways to downsize.
Besides teams selling their LCS spots left and right, the league is now seeing another set of problems as participating organisations sought to get rid of the academy rosters that compete in North American Challengers League (NACL) in a bid to save a few extra bucks.
The team members, both on the NACL and LCS level, pleaded with the organisations and Riot Games to stop the process but it fell on deaf ears, which is why the situation is now escalating.
LCS rosters on NA organisations have shown solidarity with academy players, first by suggesting a walkout in protest of the shutdowns and now following through with it.
On May 29, 2023, North American LCS Players Association announced that the walkout vote has overwhelmingly passed .
This is coming just a few days before LCS is set to resume on June 1, 2023, which should put additional pressure on Riot and the organisations.
As a reminder, franchising is something that happened in 2018 with the promise of better stability and development for any region that accepted the model as organisations sought to purchase spots in the competition.
Fast forward to 2023 and the lack of pressure from being relegated seems to have degraded the competition and instead of looking to grow, organisations are trimming down. Who could have guessed?