The LCK is moving to a franchised format starting in 2021, Riot Games announced in April. And now, 21 teams have applied to join the league, according to Korean esports news website Korizon. \n \nAll of the League of Legends teams from the current LCK and Challengers Korea series, except for Griffin, have reportedly applied. This means Riot might have a tough time deciding who to choose for the franchised LCK. Some popular organizations might not be initially accepted, similar to what happened when Europe and North America transitioned to a franchised format. \n \nHere’s the list of teams that reportedly applied for franchising: \n \n \tT1 \n \tGen.G \n \tDRX \n \tDamwon Gaming \n \tKT Rolster \n \tAfreeca Freecs \n \tSeolHaeOne Prince \n \tHanwha Life Esports \n \tTeam Dynamics \n \tSandbox Gaming \n \tESC Shane \n \tSpeargaming \n \tElement Mystic \n \tOZ Gaming \n \tJin Air Greenwings \n \tRunaway \n \tGamer Republic, Inc. \n \tOmaken Sports \n \tWorld Game Star \n \tWDG \n \tTreasure Hunter\/KnightsGG \n \nTwo major esports organizations, FaZe Clan and NRG, reportedly decided not to apply after submitting letters of intent in May, according to Korean news outlet Fomos. \n \nGriffin, on the other hand, has gone through a rough year. The organization was involved in a lot of drama and parted ways with most staff toward the end of the Spring Split after being relegated. While some people in the League community expected them to come back and apply for the franchised LCK in an effort to get their redemption arc, this might spell the end of Griffin instead. \n \nRiot said in April that its goal with this move to franchising is to “strengthen LCK’s competency and ultimately create a more satisfying experience for all participants of the league.” \n \nAs a part of the format change, LCK organizations will be required to pay all players at least 60 million Korean won, or about $49,000, per year. \n \nT1 and Gen.G will most likely be instantly accepted considering how popular and their contribution to the region. T1 (previously known as SK Telecom T1 or SKT T1) is a South Korean esports team operated by the T1 Entertainment & Sports, a joint venture between SK Telecom and Comcast Spectacor. At the end of 2003, SK Telecom took the StarCraft Team Orion (formerly 4U) by Lim Yo-hwan under contract and set up the team under the conglomerate's banner. Lim Yo-hwan took the role of team captain.SKT's League of Legends team has won the 2013, 2015, and 2016 editions of the League of Legends World Championships. \n \nIt's going to be interesting if Riot will expand the number of teams in LCK.