While Riot games has expressed interest for years in moving to a franchising system, no one expected much to come of it until at least 2018. That estimate was put to rest as the LPL, China's League of Legends region has announced they will be moving away from relegation and into a franchise model this year. The change in models has been a hot topic of discussion for the League community for a long time now, with many claiming that more stability in the leagues year over year will help fans grow attached to teams and give those teams the opportunity to develop young players. Still, others worry that it will make a path to the professional scene less accessible. Either way, this appears to be the road Riot is taking us down with North America and Europe expected to follow by 2018.