The Death Of Origen Draws Nearer As Xpeke and Cyanide Cut LCS Contracts

Origen are soon to be put out of their misery. Following a winless Spring Split in the EU LCS, the former World Championship semi-finalists were relegated from the top tier of European competition, unlikely to ever return. As both Lauri “Cyanide” Happonen and Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez’s names disappear from Riot Games’ contract database, the final nail in the coffin is a millimetre away from being flush to the wood.

The story of Origen’s League of Legends roster is one of glory, pride and heartbreak. Having risen from the depths of Europe’s Challenger Series, former Fnatic legend xPeke led his troops through to the heights of the World Championship, before bringing the organisation full circle.

The Origen Life Cycle

Immediately following Origen’s relegation to the Challenger Series, the team announced announced that AD Carry Erik “Tabbz” van Helver, mid laner Yoo “NaeHyun” Nae-hyun and jungler Jacob “Cinkrof” Rokicki had been released from their contracts in order to fulfill relegation clauses. Top laner Max “Satorius” Gunther and head coach Titus “LeDuck” Hafner contracts were not renewed upon completion.

The only starter remaining from the 2017 Spring Split was, until today, the team’s founder xPeke. The veteran has now disappeared entirely from Riot Games’ contract database alongside team sub and former Fnatic teammate, Cyanide. The organisation had previously outlined their intentions to host an open tryout for a new roster, though with the deadline now having passed, no new lineup has been named.

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It appears that xPeke has no intentions to continue competing within the European league system. Though there has yet to be an official announcement from the eSports organisation, it is widely understood that Origen have been looking to sell their spot in the EU CS. Whether xPeke is looking to completely wash his hands of the organisation, or simply relinquish his controlling stake is a matter of speculation.

On the surface, purchasing Origen seems like fairly shrewd piece of eSports business. Purely from a marketing perspective, Origen has accumulated an expansive social media following that dwarfs even popular organisations such as Cloud 9 and Team Liquid.

The primary issue is that xPeke is now synonymous with everything positive that surrounds the Origen brand; he was the reasons the team was able to establish such a significant following so quickly. With his withdrawal from the player database, it appears that the future of Origen is only heading in one direction.