After a bad performance in the 2022 Summer LCS, Team SoloMid is planning to withdraw from North America to enter the LEC market.
Recently, the North American League of Legends fan community is bursting with information that TSM is no longer interested in the LCS. This is said to be the main reason why the most successful League of Legends team in North America has eliminated a series of pillars before the new season and is having a very poor performance in the 2022 Summer LCS (ranked 9th, 9th place). with a record of 3 wins – 9 losses).
According to Dot Esports, TSM is cutting costs across all of their Esports projects, and plans to put some properties up for sale in the near future. The main reasons for the separation of TSM and LCS are said to be: Cutting costs of the team’s Esports projects, the level of competition in the region, and the decline in the reputation of League of Legends across North America.
The Decline of the LCS . Region
The North American LCS is going through a difficult period in terms of attraction and brand when it is less well received by the audience and fans if placed next to other League of Legends regions. Statistics about the view record in the last year have shown that the highest number of views at a time in the summer of 2021 LCS is the lowest in history.
Entering 2022, things get worse as the number of players and followers of this game has decreased. According to the latest statistics, the largest number of followers of LCS in 2022 has been about 35-40% compared to 3 years ago.
The quality of the LCS is getting worse and worse. The matches in the Summer LCS are having a lower average number of kills than the last 3 seasons – according to the statistics of Games of Legends. The slow pace of the game and the slowness of the LCS makes viewers boring. In addition, some famous North American players race to retire like Bjergsen or Doublelift, making the attraction of this long-standing League of Legends tournament a bit less. missed a lot.
The scandals of Team SoloMid
After parting with Team SoloMid, the former Doublelift player suddenly spoke out about the organization. Legendary ADC of LCS suddenly announced that he hates Team SoloMid on live broadcast. This guy later even shared that CEO Reginald “played” him and made it impossible for Doublelift to return to compete with SwordArt in early 2022. Doublelift also bluntly accused TSM of not treating employees well. members, many new people try to “escape” from this organization.
Numerous TSM employees and players have accused Reginald of bullying and abusive behavior in the workplace. This seems like an inappropriate action according to the rules of the LCS tournament and has reached the ears of Riot Games. Immediately, this issuer hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation to determine the truth behind the allegations. Reginald’s malicious and bossy behavior is said to be the main cause of the departure of key members such as Doublelift, Bjersen and president Leena Xu.
After Riot officially embarked on an investigation, the owner of the e-sports organization Team SoloMid (TSM), Andy “Reginald” Ding was fined $75,000 and received a 2-year suspended prison sentence following an investigation from Game of Thrones. riots and the LCS Gamers Association (LCSPA) over alleged employee abuse.
Not long after that, the former coach of TSM was fired after a few months for “stealing” players’ salaries. Specifically, coach Peter Zhang stole the salaries of TSM players. In addition, this coach also used many different “tricks” to earn large commissions from TSM recruiting a series of young players from the LPL.
Combined with TSM being entangled in a movie involving its coach, the organization is really struggling in the first half of this year. Although this organization has not yet commented on leaving the tournament, perhaps the farewell date of TSM and LCS is very close.