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League of Legends in UK set for `spicy changes’ next year

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Brace yourselves for a bigger League of Legends in the United Kingdom next year.

This shaped up after reports of Esports News UK that Riot Games are considering relocating the EU LCS from Germany to the UK.

Berlin is the current headquarters of the EU LCS studio (and several team gaming houses).

The reports added that LCS’ new home could be in London.

Riot recently opened a new office in the England capital.

Another city eyed is Leicester, where ESL UK has a studio and recently forged a deal with the 800-seat Leicester Haymarket Theatre.

Riot Games are already planning to develop and reinforce UK League of Legends, and along the way alter the format of high-level competitive play across the European continent.

Marc “Riotsnowbird’’ Schnell, Riot’s EU esports product manager, said on Reddit recently that “spicy changes’’ for Europe are on the horison.

He added: “Some of the main things on our radar that we’ve been discussing with EU LCS teams over the past months include: a new format, a new revenue sharing model, longer planning horizons for teams with more viable monetisation for their business, and improvements on our ability to serve and reach our European audience that consists of many countries and languages.’’

As part of their plans next year, Riot have held talks with several UK organisations recently.

League of Legends’ structure in Europe is also said to be being readied for change through the introduction of a new league consisting of the winning teams from all national leagues such as the ESL UK & Ireland Premiership, the German Meisterschaft and Spanish Superliga.

ESL are reportedly set to oversee some aspects of production, possibly the Challenger Series and/or the new national champions league, at Leicester.

Earlier this month, there was a rumour posted by Dot Esports, suggesting a Champions League-style division of national league winners.

The winners of that league would qualify to the LCS direct, and that LCS teams like Fnatic could run an academy side in the lower league.

Riot are likewise apparently exploring the option of a franchise-like structure across the leagues.