The renowned Los Angeles-based esports organization, TSM, has been the subject of much anticipation regarding its return to League of Legends. Despite the ongoing negotiations and challenges, the organization remains committed to making a strong comeback, potentially by the end of 2024.
A Turbulent Year for League Esports
Challenges in North America
The previous year was notably difficult for League esports, especially in North America. Key events included:
- Player Walkout: Protest against Riot’s decision to remove the requirement for a second division roster.
- Departure of Major Teams: Teams like Evil Geniuses, Golden Guardians, and notably TSM, exited the scene.
- TSM’s Planned Region Shift: TSM announced plans to join another top-tier region, a move still in progress.
Current Status of Negotiations
- Ongoing Discussions: As confirmed in a Reddit statement on Jan. 31, TSM is actively negotiating but faces “many hurdles” in securing a spot in League competitions.
- Potential Return Timeline: TSM aims for a return by the year-end, eyeing participation in the first competitive split of 2025.
Speculations on TSM’s Future in Esports: Joining the LPL?
Rumors suggest TSM might be considering joining China’s League of Legends Pro League (LPL). Known for its competitive stature, the LPL could offer TSM a robust platform for World Championship aspirations.
Exploring Other Titles
TSM is also exploring opportunities in other titles, including Riot’s VALORANT and Call of Duty, though these endeavors have yet to solidify.
TSM’s Journey Back to League of Legends Esports
For TSM’s dedicated fanbase, the organization’s potential resurgence in League of Legends marks a period of anticipation and hope.
While the exact trajectory remains uncertain, the commitment to return to League esports and explore other gaming titles reflects TSM’s enduring passion and dedication to the esports community.
Fans can look forward to more updates in the coming months as TSM navigates its path back to the professional League of Legends stage.