Many esports fans are familiar with RunAway as one of the most successful\u00a0<em>Overwatch<\/em>\u00a0teams in the Korean scene. But now, the organization is taking on a new challenge by announcing its intentions to apply for a franchise spot in the <a href="https:\/\/happygamer.com\/lolesports-announces-new-mid-season-cup-pitting-league-of-legends-lck-and-lpl-against-each-other-65780\/">LCK<\/a> for 2021.\r\n\r\nAlthough RunAway has had a ton of success in\u00a0<em>Overwatch<\/em>\u00a0esports, the organization has yet to find a handle on the\u00a0<em>League of Legends<\/em>\u00a0scene. The team originally entered competitve\u00a0<em>League<\/em> in November 2019 when it tried to qualify for Challengers Korea.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/LoLRunaway\/status\/1258295561523847168\r\n\r\nRunAway\u2019s roster\u2014featuring names like Shin \u201cSeraph\u201d Woo-yeong and Kim \u201cCrush\u201d Jun-seo\u2014wasn\u2019t able to achieve most of their goals. Although they won both of their games during the bracket, they eventually fell to another Korean Challenger team, Nine Tale.\r\n\r\nAfter failing to qualify, the team\u2019s original roster was disbanded a month later. This past April, however, RunAway closed a sponsorship deal with CK team Asura. Full control of the team will be handed over to RunAway\u2019s management for the 2020 CK Summer Split.\r\n\r\nAsura hasn\u2019t been too successful during its short stint in Korea\u2019s Challenger circuit. They haven\u2019t finished above fifth place and they even finished the 2020 CK Spring Split in eighth with an abysmal 3-11 record. RunAway\u2019s management will need to try its best to keep the team from dropping out of the tournament.\r\n\r\nLast month, the LCK announced its plans to franchise the league for 2021. Teams like RunAway will need to submit an application before Friday, June 19. A formal review process of all applicants will then take place for the next two months before Riot announces its final selection of partnered teams in September.\r\n\r\nSome teams which are used to seeing might not be accepted into the franchised LCK, so while we are used to the same teams showing up, it's unlikely they'll remain in the franchised LCK. All teams in the current LCK said that they'll be applying for a spot including some Challengers Korea teams. While LEC and LCS did not change the number of teams participating after franchising, LPL did and raised the bar to 17 teams.\r\n\r\nThe franchised leagues are much more stable and the average salary increased so this is a huge benefit for the organizations which are investing in the region and want a divided later on. While we will no longer see teams as Griffin, Damwon Gaming who come into the League and stomp it and show what rookies are made of, in the long term this is better for the region. Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks.