Freaks 4U Gaming is the new operator of the League of Legends Northern European Regional League (ERL), also known as the NLC, Riot Games announced Friday.
Freaks 4U replaces DreamHack in that capacity.
In a related move, the NLC will changes its format and begin operating with two divisions of 10 teams. Previously, the two-tier league had 12 teams as well as a partnership with the Telia Esports Series. As of 2022, Telia will no longer be involved with the league.
The NLC promotion/relegation tournament was canceled as a result of the changes.
NLC includes teams from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland.
“A consistent challenge for League of Legends in Northern Europe has been its fragmented competition landscape,” Riot Games said in a statement. “The region consists of a multitude of countries and cultures, including the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland.
“The NLC serves as the top-tier competition of the region, representing all of these countries, whereas the Telia Esports Series, UKLC and Icelandic Esports Open, which feed into the NLC via the Telia Masters, were structured as a country-based competition ecosystem. This national focus can collide with a region-wide focus on the top tier, which impacts accessibility, roster decisions, and ultimately competitiveness.”
–Field Level Media