The LCS Walkout: An Overview
In recent weeks, the esports world has been abuzz with news of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) walkout. The walkout, led by North America's collective competitive players, was a response to Riot Games' recent changes to the region's tier-two scene. The move resulted in a two-week delay on the 2023 Summer Split as Riot and the Players Association negotiated possible terms that both parties could agree on.
The walkout's main purpose was to utilize the players' labor as a leveraging point for negotiations. The idea was simple: without the players, there could be no LCS. This move put Riot in a position where they had to find acceptable terms or risk not having a product in the "number two league" in the company’s esports ecosystem in terms of revenue1.
Doublelift: A Key Figure in the Controversy
One of the most significant figures in this controversy is Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, a well-known LCS icon. Doublelift's opinions on the walkout have stirred up quite a bit of discussion. In a June 5 stream, he voiced his opinions on the situation, stating that if push came to shove with Riot and the possible cancellation of the 2022 Summer Split, he would rather play than continue the walkout2.
Many believe that Doublelift's statements, especially given his popularity in the region and the competitive scene as a whole, could potentially jeopardize the players' standing against Riot. His public declaration that he would rather play the 2023 Summer Split rather than stand his ground has led to heavy scrutiny from the League community2.
For those unfamiliar with the name, Doublelift is a professional esports player known for his skill in League of Legends. He has played for several top-tier teams, including Team Liquid and TSM, and is considered one of the best AD Carry players in the world. His influence in the scene is significant, which is why his stance on the LCS walkout has attracted so much attention.
Doublelift's Response to the Criticism
In response to the criticism, Doublelift has defended his stance, arguing that his intention was not to undermine the walkout but to express his personal perspective. He has faced backlash from the community, with some accusing him of sabotaging the LCS walkout negotiations3.
In a video titled "DoubleLift RESPONSE is worse than you think...", IWD Clips & Highlights discusses Doublelift's response to the criticism and provides a detailed analysis of the situation4. The video highlights the complexity of the issue and the potential implications of Doublelift's statements.
The Future of LCS
The future of LCS is currently uncertain. If the Players’ Association and Riot cannot find common ground, we could see the complete cancellation of the season and the forfeiture of NA’s spots at the 2023 World Championship2. The situation is still developing, and it remains to be seen how the LCS walkout will ultimately impact the future of esports.
The LCS walkout and Doublelift's involvement in the controversy serve as a reminder of the complexities and challenges in the world of esports. As the situation continues to unfold, it's clear that the decisions made now will have far-reaching implications for the future of the LCS and esports as a whole.