Less than one month away from competing, Royal Youth has confirmed that it will not have a League of Legends roster for the 2020 Turkish Championship League. Royal Youth has blamed the scattering of the team in “uncertainties”, with no updates on when they will return. The team will still maintain its Academy roster.
The tweet announcement reads: “Although we have had a successful season, unfortunately, we are disbanding our staff for the 2020 Winter Season due to uncertainties. We aim to continue our success by developing our Academy team. We ask all our followers for their support and understanding.”
Considered TCL’s strongest team, Royal Youth had made it as far as qualified for the League of Legends Worlds Championship 2019. During the offseason, five players had willingly left the team, with Can “Closer” Çelik joining the LCS with the Golden Guardians.
The TCL is struggling to maintain its franchise model despite being one of the most developed lower tier regions. After the expulsion of Galatasaray Esports from the league due to failure in paying its staff’s wages, the Turkish Championship League counted with a shortened nine-team league for the Winter Split. Now Riot Games Turkey will have to find another team to fill in Royal Youth’s spot before the tournament begins.