As earlier reported, Erik 'Doa' Lonnquist and Christopher 'Montecristo' Mykles have departed the LCK much to the dismay of League of Legends fans. Instead, they'll be working with OGN to cast APEX, an Overwatch league in South Korea.
The pair broke down why they left the LCK broadcast in a video on Doa's YouTube channel.
"Over the years, it has been difficult for us to predict or have a lot of trust in regards to what Riot is going to do, especially in regards to us as non-Riot casters," Montecristo said. "There has been very little stability for freelancers in the scene. Blizzard has been making, for us at least, a much more concerted effort to include us in a lot of the conversations that are going on. And the treatment of us has been, I feel, more honest and better."
But the Riot production team is not who they want to direct their ire at, stating that they have nothing but fond memories of working with that team.
"One thing we want to stress too is that we are not talking about the Riot production team, the other casters and all that," Doa said. "We've absolutely loved working with the production people at Riot, the entire staff over there and all of the other casters that we've done, you know, IEMs with, MSI, Worlds and all that. That's a sad part for us, not working with those guys for a while."
You'll be able to watch the pair cast APEX's opening match on January 17.
Dustin Steiner has seen esports from nearly every angle, from tournament administration to live event coverage. He has worked in the space for over six years for outlets such as the Capcom Pro Tour, eSportsMax, ESFI World, Evil Geniuses and GameZone.