League of Legends developer Riot Games has consolidated its European esports initiatives for the popular MOBA title.
As part of an internal change, all European competitions ran by Riot Games will now be under control by the team behind the LEC and European Masters.
In a statement, it was made clear that nothing will change operationally when it comes to the leagues. Specifically, the changes affect the top flight of competition LEC, the Turkish Championship League (TCL), the League of Legends Continental League (LCL), and all events that fall under the Europion Regional League (ERL) infrastructure. All esports initiatives in the Middle East are also included.
Alberto Guerrero, Director of European Esports for Riot Games, will oversee the new team encompassing Europe, Middle East, Turkey, and the Commonwealth of Independent States is. Hans Christian Duerr, who previously served as Head of Esports for the DACH region, will now take on the role of Head of Esports, CIS, Turkey, and Middle East.
While things are likely to remain the same from the perspective of players and viewers, it’s noted that there may be further “collaboration between Europe and the CIS or Turkey” as a result of the restructuring.
Esports Insider says: A rising tide lifts all boats, so the saying goes. If Riot Games can bolster the presence and prominence of its more minor European leagues, you can perhaps expect more eyes to be on the LEC as it acts as the premier competition for the region. This seems like a smart move, though it’s a lot to take on for those in charge.