Six Potential Buyers of Echo Fox’s LCS Slot
In an updated shared by Riot Games, LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley announced what would officially be happening with Echo Fox’s slot within the league.
“On August 13, the LCS and Echo Fox entered into an agreement that will terminate Echo Fox’s participation in the LCS. As part of that agreement, the LCS will sell the now-vacant tenth slot in the LCS and will provide the bulk of the proceeds from the sale to Echo Fox.“
This comes after the Riot Games and the LCS gave Echo Fox 60 days to deal with a racist investor within the organization. After those 60 days, if Echo Fox had not severed ties the investor in question or sold their LCS slot, Riot Games would step into the fold.
It looked as if Echo Fox was on track to sell their slot in the LCS to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, but fell through due to internal issues on the side of Kroenke. So that is how we got to where we are now, with one of the 10 franchised spots within the LCS now available for purchase.
So the question so many people are asking is who will be the team that will purchase that slot? Well, today I have six teams I believe could make their return to the LCS or step into the ring for the first time.
1. Team Envy
With Phoenix1/Kroenke Sports & Entertainment unable to finalize their deal to originally purchase the Echo Fox situation, Team Envy is the last team that applied and were denied a spot in the LCS.
Despite never doing exceptionally well in their three splits in the LCS, Team Envy still was interested in becoming one of the original 10 teams in the new franchised LCS. It only makes sense that they would be interested in joining the other teams that were denied (Immortals and Dignitas) in the LCS.
2. NRG Esports
Another team that was part of the LCS prior to it’s change to franchising, NRG Esports is another team that would make sense to come back into the league. They never found huge success in their several splits in the LCS, however, had solid players, several of them still playing today.
NRG Esports obviously hasn’t been sitting around since they left the LCS in 2017 after losing in the 2017 Spring Promotions. They were one of the original teams in the Overwatch League and are the managing organization behind the hugely successful San Fransico Shock.
3. Evil Geniuses
The Seattle based organization already has quite a bit of League of Legends in both the LCS and LEC! Even though they haven’t been around in a couple of years, this could be a great chance for them to jump back into competitive League of Legends and make a splash.
The organization has also had great success in the Dota 2 scene, last winning the International in 2015. They’ve also shown signs of life in Rainbox Six Seige and Call of Duty. This could be a great opportunity to get a second chance at making a name for themselves in the League of Legends scene.
4. Complexity Gaming
Complexity Gaming is another organization that has had brief stints in the LCS. They competed only once in a full split once which was in Summer 2014 where they took 8th place overall. After falling to get back into the league in 2015 with a loss in promotions to Team 8, they left the scene.
However, in 2017, a major stake was acquired by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and another partner. Complexity has recently seen a rebrand and currently have a roster of players in numerous esports. We could possibly be seeing another team sports team joining the LCS, let’s just hope they last a little longer than Clutch Gaming.
5. Comcast Spectacor
Despite having no real experience in the League of Legends scene, I could see Comcast being a potential buyer of the now vacant LCS slot. They invested into the Overwatch League as the Philadelphia Fusion, and are showing signs of being committed to esports. It’s even been announced that they are planning on building a $50M arena for the Fusion that should be ready in time for the 2021 OWL season.
It has been brought to my attention that Comcast does own SKT over in the LCK, so that more than likely makes this the most unlikely of all teams I have on this list.
6. Kraft Group
Another investment group that doesn’t have experience in the League of Legends scene, but has been showing interest in esports is the Kraft Group. The ownership group behind the New England Patriots purchased one of the original Overwatch League slots with the Boston Uprising. When purchasing the slot, they stated that they have been looking to get into esports for several years. They could be happy enough with their success in the Overwatch League to look to expand to another franchised league.