Danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Astralis is set to enter the European League of Legends Championship Series after Riot Games accepted the organization's application for the franchise partner slot, according to ESPN.
Founded in early 2016, Astralis is a Danish organization well-known for its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. The organization holds an array of first-place titles from professional tournaments including the FACEIT London Major in September of this year and the ELEAGUE Major in 2017.
Danish color commentator Martin "Deficio" Lynge reportedly headlined the team's application for the franchising slot and will now have to choose between leading the new team as top official or remaining in the EU LCS as a commentator following the application's approval.
The EU LCS reportedly accepted applications earlier this week from existing organizations in the region including G2 Esports, Fnatic, Misfits Gaming, Team Vitality, and FC Schalke 04. Each of these five teams will be expected to pay Riot Games 8 million euros over a multiyear period. The new Astralis franchise will be expected to pay Riot Games 10.5 million euros over the multiyear period.
Following in the footsteps of the North American region who introduced franchising for the 2018 season, the EU LCS will begin franchising in January of 2019. Revenues accumulated from the accepted teams including team sponsorship, broadcasting rights, and other sources of revenue will be filtered throughout the league including to teams and their players.
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