In a press release on Thursday, Paris Saint-German eSports announced that the organization will no longer be playing in any League of Legends league, whether it’s premier or Challenger Series.
As part of our 2018 season’s preparation, and after much discussions with the game publisher, Riot Games, numerous uncertainties remain in our view on the future of the League of Legends eSports scene in Europe.
Our Challengers Series experiences lead us to wonder about the League of Legends competitive scene economic balance. The revenue sharing model offered by Riot Games is very far from compensating the costs of a structure with European ambitions, partly because of the strong inflation of pro-gamers salaries, in our mind unjustified regarding the audience numbers evolution of the last months.
This isn’t the first time an organization has raised concerns about the economic state of the European League. H2k also made threats earlier this year about pulling out of the EU LCS if middle ground wasn’t found between the organization and Riot.
PSG eSports head of esports Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim has also announced his departure from the organization.
It’s unknown what is going to happen to PSG’s EU CS spot.