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Volume 21 No. 34
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Warriors up for ‘LoL’ spot

The Golden State Warriors are under consideration for a spot in Riot Games’ reconstituted North American League Championship Series in “League of Legends,” a team source confirmed.

The Warriors are a charter member in the NBA 2K league set to launch in 2018 but otherwise have no esports assets.

Riot says it will announce the 10 organizations that will compete in 2018 in November. Newcomers to the game would have to pay Riot $13 million if accepted. Most esports experts believe that only two or three spots in the new LCS will be awarded to applicants that don’t currently compete in the league.

Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and Assistant General Manager Kirk Lacob are part of a large group of investors in aXiomatic, a group that owns a controlling stake in esports team and current LCS participant Team Liquid. Riot prohibits dual ownership of LCS teams, so if both teams are accepted in the league, restructuring or divestment would be necessary.

— Ben Fischer