Echo Fox Loses 'League of Legends LCS Spot

On Wednesday, Riot Games announced that Echo Fox will no longer be a part of the League Championship Series. EF will have their spot sold off by Riot Games with most of the proceeds going to the esports organization. On August 16, Riot Games will be opening a 30-day application process for teams that would like to take over the now vacant 10th-slot of the LCS.

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Echo Fox will no longer be a part of the League of Legends LCS Echo Fox

"We will focus on evaluating each applicant's ownership profile, brand strategy, business plan, and team operational plan," LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley said in the blog post. "Our goal remains to have an orderly transition as we add a new LCS team ahead of the 2020 season."

Echo Fox was founded in December 2015 by Rick Fox, the former NBA player and actor, after seeing his son show interest in League of Legends. At its peak, Echo Fox had League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Call of Duty teams, as well as players in multiple fighting games.

An update on Echo Fox's future in the LCS:

— LoL Esports (@lolesports) August 14, 2019

A representative for Fox responded with the following statement shortly after publication:

"The Echo Fox organization is proud to have worked so closely with Riot Games and the LCS these past few years, we made the decision to consent to the Riot process as it would allow a fair outcome for all parities involved.

"However, in addition to our support for our LCS team, we have long shown our commitment to growing and nurturing our teams in fighting games and battle royale games and will continue to seek out and participate in the ever-expanding universe of esports competitions -- both domestic and international. We would like to thank Riot and Chris Greeley in helping us through this transition."

Update 4/28, 6:40 p.m. This story has been edited to remove material that could not be corroborated.