Esports News UK is reporting that LVP, which runs and operates the regional UK League of Legends league the UKLC won’t return in 2020.
Dom Sacco at ENUK reports that while it’s not clear at this stage whether UKLC will continue in its current form or not, it’s likely another company, event or Riot Games (UK) will step in to run it.
In the past, companies such as the UK Masters and most notably ESL UK have offered UK players the chance to compete in League of Legends events on a weekly basis.
LVP, which runs the Spanish Superliga Orange League first began operations in the UK back in 2018. The company then launched the first UK event The Forge of Champions a few months later.
Riot signed a three-year partnership with LVP to “propel competitive UK League of Legends into the spotlight”. Alongside promising millions of pounds of investment in the structure, marketing and staffing as well as LVP’s UK-based studio.
The UK scene has helped shape some top LEC talent with players like Barney 'Alphari' Morris, Emil 'Larssen' Larsson, Nubar 'Maxlore' Sarafian and new Team Liquid jungler Mads 'Broxah' Brock-Pedersen.
ENUK also noted a number of staff members have removed the tag ‘LVP UK’ from their Twitter bios and other social media; with some finding new roles already.
The league never pulled in the numbers of some other major European regional league, which could be why the company is pulling out. Neither Riot Games or LVP was available to comment.