Riot Games has confirmed that it will no longer be working with LVP UK on the UK League Championship (UKLC).
The developer spoke out following a report from Esports News UK, which states that LVP will be ceasing operations in the United Kingdom.
The report claims that LVP – which runs the SuperLiga Orange in Spain – woill no longer operate within the UK. While that hasn’t been confirmed, Riot Games addressed the claim that UKLC would no longer be ran by the event organiser.
Mo Fadl, Head of Publishing Nordics at Riot Games commented on the development in a TwitLonger: “Right now, we’re discussing our options for the UKLC in 2020, and while we totally understand people’s desire to speculate and interpret, any speculation on what we will do is genuinely premature. We are keeping teams up to date, and we’ll make sure to let fans know what’s happening when the time is right.”
The UKLC wrapped up its inaugural year with its summer playoffs finals at London’s Twickenham Stadium, Fnatic Rising took the trophy home following a 3-1 victory over Excel UK. The former qualified for the European Masters main event, while the latter made it to the play-ins for the ESL-produced European tournament.
Fadl continued by explaining that Riot Games would “continue our commitment in levelling up the regional league ecosystem for League of Legends in the UK and across Europe.” Earlier this month, Riot Games partnered with 4Entertainment to launch national leagues for Belgium and the Netherlands.
Esports Insider says: It’ll be sad to see the UKLC’s demise if it goes that way considering that it’s a good platform for UK players and could’ve become a big part of Riot Games’ European esports network moving forward. Hopefully the developer works something out with another event organiser for 2020 onwards.