An era comes to an end! TSM are following up on their plans to leave the LCS. Their vacant spot goes to Shopify, which are already well known within the Riot Games-sanctioned esports scene.
Farewell again, TSM! The most successful organization in the LCS has officially sold their spot. This marks the end of an era for the seven-time LCS champions.
This ends their streak of participating in every LCS split since its introduction in 2013 as the only team in the league's history, and leaves Dignitas as the last founding member.
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TSM sold their vacant spot to Shopify, who have previously been partnering up with Riot Games in VALORANT.
TSM Sells LCS Spot To Shopify: What Happens To The Players?
According to insider sources, TSM and Shopify Rebellion agreed to a price of $10 million. Additionally, Shopify Rebellion will adopt TSM's structures and keep the current player roster. The players currently left on the roster are top laner Kevin 'Hauntzer' Yarnell, jungler Lee 'Bugi' Seong-yeop, bot laner Jason 'WildTurtle' Tran and support Jonathan 'Chime' Pomponio.
Earlier this season, TSM have announced to sell their LCS spot in favor of a spot in a top tier league that is more competitive at international tournaments. Owner Andy 'Reginald' Dinh declared his plans to win the World Championship with TSM at some point in the future.
An easy step would be to join the EMEA region from 2024 onwards, with Astralis rumored to be willing to sell their spot in the LEC. However, with the region struggling to compete at international tournaments in recent years just as much as the LCS does, the LEC seems to be off the table for TSM.
The LCK has traditionally been notoriously difficult for non-Koreans to enter, so they might also not try to mix up the Korean scene just yet. This leaves China as the last top tier region that TSM might get into.
The LPL featured 17 teams in the 2023 season, with the Swedish organization Ninjas in Pyjamas making their debut in the Chinese league after taking over Victory Five. With this in mind, it is not completely off the table that TSM might be able to enter the LPL too.
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