UK LoL scene reacts to Oceanic Pro League shutting down: ‘A huge loss for League of Legends esports’

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UPDATE (December 2020): Oceanic League of Legends is getting a new lease of life.

Riot Games has provided a three-year license to ESL Gaming and Excel Esports investors Guinevere Capital to operate Oceanic League of Legends in the future.

Original article (October 7th 2020): Riot Games today announced the closure of its Sydney office and the Oceanic Pro League (OPL).

This was Oceania’s pro League of Legends tournament and a breeding ground for Australia’s top talent in the game, including the likes of Chiefs Esports Club and Dire Wolves.

Riot said that from 2021 Oceania will be added to the competitive territory for the North American LCS, so Oceanic players will no longer take an import slot on LCS rosters, and that there will be qualifying tournaments in Oceania for MSI and Worlds in 2021.

Malte Wagener, MD of North America & Oceania, and Tom Martell, Global Esports Director of Operations at Riot Games, said in this announcement post: “At Riot Games, we want to build competitive and sustainable leagues that drive commercial growth and fan engagement and that support professional play as a full-time career.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of our teams and players, the OPL has not met our goals for the league, and we do not believe that the market is currently able to support the league in its current form.

“So today we are announcing the dissolution of the OPL and the closure of Riot’s Sydney office, as it primarily focused on operating the league.”

UK LoL community reacts

Reaction to the news was largely negative. We’ve collated a mix of comments on the news from the UK League of Legends below.

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