Riot Games has announced that it is shifting away from its partnership with Electronic Sports League UK in favour of Liga de Videojuegos Profesional (LVP), the Spanish-based league currently running as a competitor to ESL.
Riot’s UK eSports head Mo Fadl expressed his appreciation for the years that ESL and Riot had spent working together. However, the company wanted a fresh start and an opportunity to do things differently, and that is why it had decided to sign up a fresh partnership, Fadl continued. Fadl estimated that Riot would tap into the partnership to create the United Kingdom as the busiest League of Legends destination, in terms of competitive events.
LVP is one of Europe’s best-established eSports shows. It offers a variety of titles, including LoL, CS:GO, and Clash Royale, among others. In its current format, LVP runs 14 weeks and pits eight teams in the LoL round.
Fadl indicated that Riot had had to act as the UK scene had long been in the doldrums comparing to other countries. This problem was only exacerbated by the constant outflow of talented players and managers.
More pertinently, a number of players have left for Spain from the United Kingdom. In an interview last year, Vodafone G2 Esports’ head coach Josh ‘Furndog’ Furneaux explained that Spain offered better conditions to players, including a salary and training facilities where professionals can nurture their talent.
It is understandable why Riot has decided to move away from ESL and attempt to forge a new and thriving UK scene with LVP.