Riot Games rebrands EU LCS into the League of Legends European Championship

Riot Games announced the rebranding of the EU LCS and FIFA announced a further three teams added to the mix for the 2019 eMLS season.

Riot Games rebrands the European LCS

The esports side of League of Legends continues to make grounds and surprise viewers with skyrocketing quality in production with each passing year, and as we prepare for the 2019 season, Riot Games announced the rebranding of the League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS). It'll now be called the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

The LEC will kickstart on January 18 with a total of 10 organizations:

  • Fnatic
  • FC Schalke 04
  • G2 Esports
  • Misfits Gaming
  • Vitality
  • Splyce
  • exceL Esports
  • Rogue
  • SK Gaming
  • Origen

Even though the official name has been altered, it'll still be a fierce rivalry between North America (NA) and Europe (EU).

More teams join the eMLS


FIFA's esport league in North America, Major League Soccer, is laying down foundations ahead of expansion. The league has scored a deal with EA Sports to move into the 2019 season with three new teams: Atlanta United, D.C. United, and FC Cincinnati. All three teams will compete in the eMLS cup and League Series events, as reported by Engadget.

As well as the familiar eMLS cup, the new League Series will be hosted by the LA Galaxy in January and FC Dallas in February. All players from the 22 eMLS teams will participate with a chance to win at both events. It's an important part of the scene as the League Series will also determine seeding for the 2019 eMLS Cup.

Upcoming live events

  • Supernova CS:GO - November 29 - December 2, watch on Twitch.
  • DreamHack Windows 2018 - November 30 - December 1, watch on Twitch.
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