Riot Games has awarded 10 LCS licenses in 2017, but Dignitas’ application has been rejected. Through the merger of Clutch Gaming, Dignitas is now the first external organization to acquire an LCS franchise.
Effective immediately, Clutch Gaming will be included in the existing portfolio of Dignitas teams competing in Rocket, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Super Smash Bros. Melee, SMITE, Apex Legends and Clash Royale.
Clutch Gaming will maintain its brand as it will compete for the LCS 2019 season, then move to Dignitas starting in 2020.
The announcement partly confirms a report in April that Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment agreed to buy a majority stake in Clutch Gaming for $ 20 million. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.