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Volume 24 No. 112
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Warriors Eye Spot In New Esports League Operated By Riot Games

The Warriors are under consideration for a spot in Riot Games’ reconstituted North American League Championship Series in “League of Legends,” a team source confirmed. Riot says that in November, it will announce the 10 organizations that will compete in '18, though multiple sources say the remaining applicants expect to be privately informed this week. Newcomers to the game would have to pay Riot $13M if accepted. Most esports experts believe that only two or three spots will be awarded to applicants that do not currently compete in the league.

The Warriors are a charter member in the "NBA 2K" league set to launch in '18, but otherwise have no esports assets. Warriors co-Owner Peter Guber and Assistant GM Kirk Lacob are part of a large group of investors in aXiomatic, a group that owns a controlling stake in esports' Team Liquid, a current LCS participant  Riot prohibits dual ownership of LCS teams, so if both teams are accepted in the league, restructuring or divestment would be necessary.