Just a day after the League of Legends World Championship concluded, Riot has announced that the LCS — the game’s top league in North America — will be contracting. Both the Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses are exiting, bringing the league to just eight teams for the future.
The news follows turmoil with LCS players earlier this year, and league mainstay TSM also exiting the competition. (It’s been rough for esports all around.) Riot says more details on “the full, long-term global strategy” for League esports and the LCS are coming in early 2024.