Riot thinks LCS’ future is still bright, but acknowledges ‘hardships’ for NA LoL esports

It’s not much of a secret that it’s been a turbulent year for esports as a whole, and not many leagues or circuits have been hit harder than North America’s premier League of Legends competition: the LCS. 

Between struggling viewership numbers, a general decline of fan interest, and a player-led walkout at the start of the Summer Split, the LCS faced more roadblocks in 2023 than it had over the last few seasons combined. And Riot Games knows this.