South Korean company Still8, also the parent company of League of Legends team Griffin, just announced the resignation of most of its management. This comes after the LCK Steering Committee required their resignation in a disciplinary action issued Nov. 27. Their resignation is connected with both the Kanavi case as well as the Griffin controversy, which happened earlier this year. All resignations will come into effect Jan. 1 2020.
If you have been following any of the drama surrounding Griffin in 2019, you’ll know a few of the former management members. Cho Kyu-nam, the infamous Griffin CEO who came into conflict with former coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho, already resigned back in November. Additionally, the general manager of Griffin, Kim Dong-woo, also resigned following the LCK’s disciplinary action. On the Still8 side, the CEO Seo Kyung-jong, head of their Chinese subsidiary Kang Han-seung, and Outside Director Choi Sung-ho all had to resign following the controversies. All of the resigned members will be stripped of their voting rights, no matter their stake in the company. Their announcement ended with a note saying they will do their best to help both companies become healthier.
What does this mean for Griffin?
For Griffin, the changes in management hopefully bring a brighter future. Although their 2018 can only be described as a miracle, it is unfortunately overshadowed by the 2019 controversy. With a new coach in Lee “GBM” Chang-seok on board, as well as new players on their roster, Griffin will hopefully be able to bounce back from a horrible 2019. The management unfortunately plays a big role in how the team operates, and it surely affects the players. While we can’t say for sure, the new management will most likely do a better job at properly handling issues than the old one did. However, only time will tell how the structural changes affect the team’s performance.
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