Schalke 04 do not plan to sell their spot in the EU Challenger Series or exit League of Legends after they were relegated this weekend, according to a report from SplitPush that translates a German-language article from sport1.
In the report, FC Schalke 04 Arena Management managing director Moritz Beckers-Schwarz is quoted saying the team fully intends to requalify for the EU LCS by the end of the Spring Challenger Series.
"The relegation this weekend will only lead to a professionalization of our Esports department," he said. "There is no alternative way, and it follows the goal of a direct promotion back to the LCS by the end of the 2017 Spring Split."
After losing a seventh-place tiebreaker match against Vitality, Schalke headed to the relegation tournament where they lost 3-1 in series to both Team ROCCAT and Misfits.
The team's relegation has touched off a conversation on social media about the long-term viability of a league system where an organization's EU LCS spot can be lost months after it is acquired, making an initial investment risky.
With the relegation tournament over, Schalke will have until January to come up with a plan to fight their way back into the EU LCS.
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