The start of the 2023 LCS Summer Split is uncertain as a result of Riot Games' decision to remove the requirement for determined organizations to field a roster for the North American Challengers League. In response, the North American LCS Players Association (LCSPA) voted to stage a walkout.
On the morning of May 29, the League of Legends community around the world awoke to a historic decision. The start of the 2023 LCS Summer Split is uncertain as a result of Riot Games’ decision to remove the requirement for determined organizations to field a roster for the North American Challengers League. In response, the North American LCS Players Association (LCSPA) voted to stage a walkout.
Although this type of coordinated action has never occurred before in the LCS’s history, it does so at a time when tensions between Riot and the NALCSPA are at an all-time high. If you need more information about The LoL community’s reactions to the LCSPA walkout, calling it “history in the making”, then read carefully, and don’t forget to share with your friends.
The response to the voting has been largely positive, with many League fans applauding the LCSPA for attempting to effect change and protest against Riot—which is both the game’s developer and the tournament organizer for the professional League circuit.
The association specifically cited Riot’s failure to consult LCS players before any official announcements as one of its chief complaints and urged league officials to sit down again for additional discussions. On the first matchday of Summer, all 10 NA League teams are scheduled to compete, including a rematch of the Spring finals between Cloud9 and Golden Guardians. Thursday will also see the return of NRG to the LCS if the day goes as planned.
“This is history in the making,” Misfits’ content creator Mrs Chim Chim wrote on Twitter. “Proud of the players for standing up for themselves and what they believe in, looking forward to the resolutions to come,” Ovilee, a former LCS reporter and analyst who is now a content creator, posted on Twitter.
The first day of the 2023 LCS Summer Split is expected to be Thursday, June 1, although the LCSPA hasn’t confirmed that. This is because the day’s schedule includes games for all 10 LCS teams.
There are only a few days left for Riot and the LCSPA to reach an amicable agreement. Before voting to stage a walkout, the players’ association made five demands; however, it’s not clear if Riot will accede to them. The two that stand out the most are the “VALORANT-style” relegation and promotion system for the NACL and the LCS, as well as the $300,000 revenue pool allotted to each NACL team for salary expenditures.