Update: Yesterday Echo Fox announced that the contracts of its entire League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) roster have indeed been terminated. Echo Fox’s official LCS Echo Fox roster included 14 people. Ten players, three coaches, and an analyst.
Riot Games and Echo Fox this week entered into an agreement that will see the organisation removed from the League of Legends LCS, and their slot being put up for sale ahead of the 2020 Spring Split that will take place early next year. Further updates coming out of the team today have confirmed that the League of Legends franchise would be terminating the contracts of all members of the active roster.
These are the consequences that have followed a recent scandal involving a shareholder making racist remarks, after which Echo Fox was given an ultimatum by Riot Games, stating that they must remove the shareholder in question within 60 days. This timeframe was extended by 7 days, but the necessary changes were not made and the ultimatum ultimately not met.
When asked about the status of specific players, an Echo Fox representative declined to comment. They did however make this official statement: “Following the departure of Echo Fox from the LCS, we’ve had to take the unfortunate step of terminating our contracts with our current League of Legends players. While each player contract is different, we are making sure to handle every case with the care necessary to ensure they are treated fairly in this time of transition. We will also be working to support them as they enter the next phase of their careers, whether that be with another esports organization or whatever path they may choose. “We are deeply grateful for our players for what they have given to Echo Fox during our time in League of Legends.”
This contradicts a statement made earlier in the week by the former LCS team: “The Echo Fox organization is proud to have worked so closely with Riot Games and the LCS these past few years, we made the decision to consent to the Riot process as it would allow a fair outcome for all parties involved. However, in addition to our support for our LCS team, we have long shown our commitment to growing and nurturing our teams in fighting games and battle royale games, and will continue to seek out and participate in the ever-expanding universe of esports competitions — both domestic and international. We would like to thank Riot and Chris Greeley in helping us through this transition.”
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