Riot gives update on LCS import rules, implements major changes to NA Challengers League system

Over the last month, the North American League of Legends community has been buzzing after a plethora of reports suggested LCS organizations were trying to remove the requirement to field an NA Challengers League roster. And today, Riot Games finally gave an update on the situation, including some sweeping changes to the region’s path-to-pro, new cross-region competitions, and a firm stance on the current LCS import rule.

First, Riot confirmed LCS organizations are no longer required to field an NACL roster starting in the 2023 Summer Split “to unlock more operational and financial flexibility.” At first glance, this looks bad for the growth and support of NA’s developmental scene, but fortunately for any aspiring pros, some silver linings were also illuminated via some major changes.

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