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About LCK

League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) is the ultimate League of Legends esports league in Korea. The LCK features ten teams facing every other team twice over the course of the split. Each season is divided into two six-week splits. All matches are played in a Best of 3 format. At the end of the LCK season, the bottom two teams drop into a promotion/relegation tournament while the top four teams advance to a playoff series.

Regular season placement is determined by match record (game record is irrelevant).


  • If two teams have the same match record, then the game record will be the first tiebreaker. The team with fewer losses is ahead.
  • If two teams have the same game record, head to head record will be the tiebreaker.
  • If two teams are still tied, they will stay tied until a tiebreaker match occurs.

Playoff format:
LCK playoffs are comprised of four teams in a winner-advances tournament with #3 and #4 place teams battling their way through each other (and then #2) for a chance to face the #1 seed in a finals match. All matches are Best of 5 format.

Championship Points
The LCK utilizes Championship Points for World Championship qualification. The Championship Point system ensures that teams always play their best and allows for better alignment with other international leagues.

Here’s how a LCK team qualifies for Worlds:

  • 1st place team of the LCK Summer Split automatically qualifies for Worlds as first seed.
  • The team with the highest Championship Points (Spring Split + Summer Split) automatically qualifies for Worlds as the second seed.
  • The final spot for Worlds will be determined at the Korean Regional Qualifiers, the winner of which will be the third seed.

Points will be awarded in the following way:


Spring Split

Summer Split



















How to watch
You can watch the LCK live every week on lolesports or on our spoiler-free vods page once the match is finished. The full match schedule is available here.

Global Rules

The Global Contract Database can be downloaded here.

Interregional anti-poaching and anti-tampering policy

What is the interregional anti-poaching and anti-tampering policy?
No team member or affiliate of a team may engage in the solicitation, luring, or discussion of employment of a player who is under a league-recognized contract with a professional team competing in the top-level league of a region. Similarly, players under league-recognized contracts cannot solicit or reach out directly to other team members or affiliates of other teams. In the event of prolonged discussions of employment that aren't sanctioned by the management of both teams, both the party attempting to poach and the player being poached will be subject to penalties at the discretion of league officials.

Should any interested team wish to engage in conversation with a player under a league-recognized contract with another team, they must first contact the management of the team holding the contract.

League Notification: After the teams have come to an agreement and before initiating contact between the interested team and player of interest, they must notify their respective regional office of the agreement, with confirmation from both teams' management via email.

Prospective teams and team affiliates (owners seeking to enter a league, etc.) attempting to poach players will also be subject to sanctions, up to and including denial of entry into Riot-sanctioned leagues and competitive events.

If I'm interested in acquiring a player, how do I know if he or she is currently under contract?
As a team, you can inquire about the availability of players - it just needs to be to the player's management so long as that player is under contract.

The database linked above contains the contract end-dates of contracted players currently participating in leagues where there are league-recognized contracts (i.e., contracts that conform with league minimum standards, such as minimum player compensation). It also includes contact information for teams who have volunteered contact information. It will be updated at the beginning of every split and periodically during the split to reflect roster modifications.

This database is intended as a resource to facilitate legitimate communication between teams and players. Where there is good reason to believe a player is under a league-recognized contract despite not being in the database (e.g. a brand new player in a league with officially-recognized contracts not yet having his or her information reflected in the database), teams are expected to contact management rather than approach players directly.

If I'm a contracted player interested in leaving my team, what are my options?
While contracted players cannot reach out to other teams' affiliates, they can:

  • Publicly state their interest in leaving their team and encourage any and all interested party to contact their management.
  • Players cannot encourage specific teams, publicly or privately, to reach out to their management.
  • Exercise a buyout clause in their contract to leave their team if one exists.
  • Reach out to teams once their contract expires (typically during the off-season for most players).

Clarification of restrictions:

  • Teams and affiliates of those teams cannot engage in discussions with players under contract regarding potential employment.
  • Teams are to reach out to other teams directly regarding employment of contracted players.
  • Players under contract with a team should not engage in employment discussion directly with other teams.
  • Players not under contract are free to reach out to potential employers and vice-versa.

Why do you have the current poaching policy?

Poaching protections are important both for the stability of organizations and to avoid competitive integrity issues. During the season, it's important that players aren't being distracted from their preparation or being tempted to play at less than 100% by offers of employment from rival teams.

When players and teams sign a contract they are entering into an agreement that a player will play for a team during a defined period of time and be duly compensated for their play - players abruptly dissolving their contracts due to employment discussions with other teams during the season creates a chaotic environment for teams and players and undermines the stability of the competitive ecosystem.

This doesn't mean that we want to prevent players from ever switching teams or finding the team that is the best fit for them - discussing the possibility of being traded to another team with their management, or simply waiting until their current contract is up before engaging in any negotiation they want. For players whose contract includes a buyout clause, that's an option they may be able to exercise as well. Ultimately, the value of contracts goes both ways. For players, contracts provide stability and the promise of a paycheck. For teams, contracts guarantee that contracted players play for their team and if a player wants to leave a team, the team management are a necessary part of that discussion. This is an important dynamic to preserve, and poaching protections are one way of doing so.