Riot not ready for 2019 Summer Split
The group won’t have Fantasy LCS organized in time
Riot Games has announced that the upcoming Summer Split won’t be featuring the anticipated Fantasy LCS. It apparently hasn’t been able to find a partner to create a better fantasy product and the news is certainly going to be a source of disappointment for many League of Legends fans who had been looking forward to the Fantasy LCS inclusion.
Fortunately, there are other daily fantasy offerings that have been added prior to the Spring Split that should make their way into the Summer version. However, LCS commissioner Chris Greeley acknowledges that he has received a lot of interest in Riot’s fantasy offering. He adds, “It’s obvious to us that the Fantasy Product we had in Summer 2018 needed an overhaul. Simply finding a replacement wasn’t going to cut it. There were lots of comments on Reddit and Twitter about all the small services that could run a basic fantasy game, but that’s not what we are looking for.”
Riot had hoped to bring in some outside help to spruce up its fantasy product, but has been unable to locate a qualified expert. Riot has found candidates, according to Greeley, but they either wanted too much money, felt they weren’t up to the challenge or didn’t have a vision that aligned with that of the company.
Greeley adds, “We’re going to continue to take some big swings because we really believe that we have an opportunity to deliver something that makes the LC S/LEC viewing experience so much better.”
The company hopes to be able to provide an update no later than July 15 and believes it can release a new fantasy product before the start of Spring Split 2020, even if the product isn’t up to Riot’s high-reaching standards.