Echo Fox announced on August 16 that they had terminated the contracts of their entire League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) roster.
Riot games announced that Echo Fox had forfeited their LCS slot earlier in the week on August 13 and that the company would look for a replacement starting August 16.
After a year of drama for the esports organization, Echo Fox has apparently decided to liquidate their entire roster of LCS players.
What did Echo Fox say?
The company made the announcement through an official statement, according to The Esports Observer.
“Following the departure of Echo Fox from the LCS, we’ve had to take the unfortunate step of terminating our contracts with our current League of Legends players. While each player contract is different, we are making sure to handle every case with the care necessary to ensure they are treated fairly in this time of transition. We will also be working to support them as they enter the next phase of their careers, whether that be with another esports organization or whatever path they may choose.
“We are deeply grateful for our players for what they have given to Echo Fox during our time in League of Legends.”
The official Echo Fox LCS roster has 14 people total, with 10 players, three coaches, and an analyst. According to TEO, the company declined to comment on specific players.
Echo Fox was the first time the LCS had lost a founding team since Riot Games moved the league into a franchise based system in 2017.
Who will replace Echo Fox?
There's no information about who will take up Echo Fox's spot, but the league's 30-day application period begins on August 16.
LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley said the league would use "an expedited process similar to the 2017 system that we used to select our initial long-term partners," to fill the vacant spot.
Echo Fox's time in the LCS may be coming to an end, but it will be interesting to watch and see who the league ends up bringing in to replace them.