Riot giveth, Riot taketh away. Riot Games have decided that it’s time the OPL closed due to operational short-comings. Now, all Oceanic players will be included in the NA Player Pool for 2021.
Not long after the announcement that the Brazilian Championship of League of Legends (CBLoL) is moving to a franchised model for the 2021 season, Riot Games have now announced that they’re completely closing down the Oceanic Pro League.
Malte Wagener, the Managing Director of the North American and Oceanic Region, has stated that the OPL simply did not meet the goals their team had for the league.
‘ We do not believe that the market is currently able to support the league in its current form. ‘
OPL Closed, So What Happens To Oceanic Players Now?
That’s just it. No one is quite sure, and Riot Games hasn’t been all that clear yet. Players will be integrated into the NA Player Pool, but this will only increase competition for the limited positions available.
With the Qualifying rounds still being held for Worlds and MSI next year, according to reports, there is no news on how this will be structured with this change. Wagener and Tom Martell, Director of Operations and Global Esports, have commented on their commitments to Oceanic-Region players.
‘ Riot remains fully committed to supporting all players in OCE, and we are excited for what’s to come in 2021 and beyond.’
You can read the full update on the situation by LoL Esports Staff here: OPL Update