LCS players may stage walkout to protest recent NACL decision

A vote will reportedly take place on Sunday, May 28.

Over the last month, the North American League of Legends scene has been swirling in controversy after the league decided to remove requirements for LCS organizations to field tier-two teams for the 2023 Summer Split and beyond. But this coming weekend, the players may finally be making a major decision to stand up for themselves and their peers.

The LCS Players Association is reportedly holding a massive vote involving all 50 of the league’s players on a walkout to protest against the changes to the region’s path-to-pro and the NACL, according to investigative journalist Mikhail Klimentov.

If this walkout goes through, it will represent one of the first major acts of collective action in esports. The LCSPA’s executive director Phillip Aram told Klimentov that if over half of the league’s players vote on a walkout, the upcoming 2023 Summer Splitwhich is scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 1will be heavily affected.

The vote will reportedly take place this Sunday, May 28, at 10:30pm CT, and if 26 of the 50 players participating vote for action, the league will be forced to either delay the start of the season or risk fielding teams without a majority of their starting lineup.

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When Riot announced the removal of the NACL mandate for LCS teams on May 12, many players voiced their complaints on social media, saying that the tier-two scene in NA was what gave them a shot in the LCS. Others were also worried for their futures after their jobs were essentially taken away overnight, without being given any time to find backup plans or support.

This is a breaking news story with more details to follow. Updates will be added as soon as possible.

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