LOS ANGELES (November 20, 2017) — Global esports organization Immortals confirmed today that the organization was not accepted into Riot Games’ North American League Championship Series (NA LCS) permanent partnership system. Immortals recently placed 2nd in the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split, 2nd in the 2017 NA LCS Summer Playoffs, and qualified to represent North America at the 2017 League of Legends World Championships in China.
Immortals CEO Noah Whinston, who distributed a video to the team’s fans, said in a statement, “While we are disappointed in Riot’s decision, we remain grateful to our fans and players and the entire League of Legends community for joining us on an incredible journey these last two years. We are proud of the team and brand that our staff, players, and fans built together. We will continue to build teams and communities around the core values that we believe set us apart, and lead to deep connections with our fans. Although we are closing this chapter in LCS, we are excited about many other initiatives already underway, and look forward to sharing those details with our dedicated fans as soon as we can.
Whinston continued, “The support we received from our Immortals family proves that there is a place in the market for teams that care deeply about how players are treated, and who invite fans to truly become part of a team. We will continue to speak authentically and transparently to our fans, and to be accountable to our fans anywhere we plant the Immortals flag. Finally, on behalf of our entire organization, I again extend heartfelt thanks to all the players and fans who have devoted countless hours, and full hearts, to supporting Immortals.”
Immortals continues to operate competitive teams in DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Super Smash Brothers, and also operates the Los Angeles Valiant in Activision-Blizzard’s forthcoming Overwatch League, which launches in January 2018.
Steven Cohen, Executive Vice President of The Anschutz Corporation, Chief Strategy Officer for AEG, and a member of Immortals’ Board of Directors added, “Our management team, the Board of Directors and our investors are in complete alignment with respect to the business plan and vision for Immortals, its role in esports and the prospects of esports generally going forward. Since its inception, Immortals has demonstrated success through execution, strategic decision-making and access to capital, and a combination of unique qualities bound together by the highly collaborative dynamic between the management team and the board. Immortals is wholly dedicated to qualitatively and quantitatively expanding the esports environment for fans, players, publishers and partners. We look forward to continuing to deliver value to our investors and partners and as importantly a best-in-class experience to our great fans by bringing our expertise to bear and working with our partners in Overwatch, DOTA 2, CS:GO, Smash and future games we are starting to pursue in earnest, being true to the DNA of Immortals’ endemic roots along the way.”
Founded in 2015 with unprecedented dedication to fan support and player well-being, Immortals, the Los Angeles based, North American esports organization, endeavors to create a long-lasting community of professional gamers, aspiring players, and passionate fans, all united by our commitment to camaraderie and competitive excellence. Always remaining true to our values and ethics, we take pride in providing an authentic brand that fans can be proud to cheer on to victory. Immortals currently fields professional teams in: Dota 2, CS:GO, Overwatch, and Super Smash Bros. For more information, please visit our website: Immortals.gg