Splyce’s esports director Hans “Liq” Durr announced Monday he’s stepping down from the position. Liq listed his reasons is in a twitter post, saying that he will vacate the post “as soon as the LCS Season is over for us because the future of Splyce will not be in Germany and I am simply not ready to relocate in 2018.” Liq joined the organization in 2016 in a time when, as he puts it himself, “Splyce barely had enough money to maintain the LCS roster”.
This all but confirms that Splyce will in fact be moving their League of Legends headquarters to another city, but where exactly remains to be seen. As of now, there are several options ahead of the “vipers”.
Initial reports indicated that Splyce was one of four European teams together with G2 Esports, Fnatic and Misfits Gaming to apply for the new franchised NA LCS. The announcement of the changes to the North American League made brand owners and professionals within the scene to speak about possible relocation away from Europe as no information about possible EU LCS restructuring was publicly available at the time, and NA LCS’ franchising system would offer more stability and security for investors compared to its EU counterpart.
At the same time, there are also the reports stating that EU LCS will, after all, undergo an overhaul as the league is looking to split into four regions with Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and London as home cities. Further reporting by ESPN stated that Splyce -- alongside aforementioned Fnatic, G2 Esports and Misfits -- have asked to play in the London branch, although nothing has been confirmed yet and there are no lockdowns of any sort being announced.
According to ESPN, UoL, Schalke and ROCCAT will stay in Berlin; H2K and Giants will go to Barcelona; and Team Vitality have chosen Paris.
The splitting of the EU LCS is expected to arrive in time for the 2018 Summer Split.
H/T Dot Esports