Melany M. August 19, 2019
Echo Fox is officially done with League of Legends.
With a 2020 LCS return out of the question, the organization has sent its remaining players to free agency. The decision doesn’t come as a surprise considering Echo Fox's current situation.
"While each player contract is different, we are making sure to handle every case with the care necessary to ensure they are treated fairly in this time of transition,” Echo Fox said in a statement. “We will also be working to support them as they enter the next phase of their careers, whether that be with another esports organization or whatever path they may choose.”
The same treatment might not be extended to the Echo Fox Academy players. Lawrence "Lost" Sze Yuy Hui, David "Yusui" Bloomquist, Samson "Lourlo" Jackson, and Lee "Fill" Hyo-won shared on Twitter that they are currently free agents looking for opportunities in 2020.
The LCS players have not shared similar statements which could mean they’re in negotiations with new teams.
2020 will see the introduction of three new teams to the LCS. The league implemented a franchising format prior to the 2018 LCS Spring Split, where teams purchase a permanent spot rather than playing with a relegation system.
Riot Games is currently in the process of selling Echo Fox's LCS franchise to a different ownership group after reports of a racist outburst directed towards other team executives from partial owner Amit Raizada. This prompted an investigation into the team by Riot which, according to a report by WIN.gg, overturned a number of business-end violations by the team including having under $5 million in liquidity and over $1 million in debt.
It remains unclear if Echo Fox will continue to operate. The organization did not share any information regarding the rest of the players under the organization. The list includes EVO champions Dominique "SonicFox" McLean and Leonardo "MKLeo" Perez.