Riot Games Names New Head of LoL Esports for the Americas, Starts the Search for a New LCS Commissioner

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Riot Games Names New Head of LoL Esports for the Americas, Starts the Search for a New LCS Commissioner

In a recent press release, Riot Games annouınced the hiring of the new Head of LoL Esports for the Americas, Carlos Antunes. Antunes, a seasoned esports leader with nearly a decade of experience established himself in the world of competitive gaming and Riot during his time in Brazil (CBLOL) and Latin America (LLA).

In his newly acquired position, Antunes will have oversight of the complete League of Legends esports ecosystem for North America, Latin America, and Brazil. This expansion includes the prestigious League Championship Series (LCS) in the United States, underscoring Riot Games' commitment to further enriching the competitive gaming scene across the Americas. Antunes will take on the responsibility of driving the strategic vision and seamless execution of the LoL Esports ecosystem in the region.

“Carlos' journey within Riot Games has been marked by creativity, innovation, and tangible success. His transformative impact on CBLOL and the Latin America league showcases his deep understanding of what resonates with players,” praised Raul Fernandez, Head of Esports for the Americas, commending Antunes' exceptional contributions.

Naz Aletaha, the Global Head of LoL Esports, echoed Fernandez's sentiment: “Carlos' devotion to League of Legends is palpable, and his commitment to players, teams, and partners is unwavering. His remarkable accomplishments speak volumes about his capabilities.”

Antunes, who initially joined Riot Games in 2016 as the Head of Esports for Brazil, has played a pivotal role in propelling CBLOL to new heights, fostering continuous growth in viewership and revenue for CBLO. Additionally, Antunes has been instrumental in forging strategic partnerships with influential brands such as Gillette, Mastercard, Red Bull, Santander, Heineken and Nestlé, further solidifying Riot Games' position in the global esports arena—as stated in Riot’s press release.

Reflecting on his journey, Antunes shared, “Being a part of Riot Games and the esports community has been an incredible honor. The opportunity to contribute to the growth of leagues that unite our passionate community has been immensely gratifying.”

As part of his new duties for the LCS, Carlos will prioritize identifying and securing a new LCS Commissioner. The position has been empty ever since the previous LCS Commissioner, Jackie Fellign resigned back in April to focus on her health.

Riot also published a new job listing on its website for the position. According to Riot’s language on the listing, the expectation from the new commissioner is to create a plan for the next three years of LCS, which is a product having a lot of problems around sustainability toward the future.

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Riot Games Names New Head of LoL Esports for the Americas, Starts the Search for a New LCS Commissioner
Rohat Dicle Kılınç
Rohat is a writer mainly focused on the League of Legends esports scene, and an LCS hopeful.