The grass may not always be greener on the other side especially when the whole world is on fire. Indiana “Froskurinn” Black has expressed her regret after she decided to explore free agency. The analyst and color-caster chose not to renew her contract with Riot Games earlier this month. Unfortunately for Froskurinn and many of the current job-seekers in the world, the market isn’t looking so fresh.
It took 17 days for Froskurinn to see the implications of going freelance in the current esports climate. Several tournaments have been postponed or cancelled or turned into a bubble, like the 2020 League of Legends World Championship. Froskurinn needed a better time to transition into such a precarious setup. Contracted casters and analysts already have it hard with tournaments and events being cancelled left and right. Esports needs to recover first.
Make no mistake, Froskurinn is a massive esports talent and any title would be lucky to have her. However, it is simply a matter of poor timing. No one will go all-in on a fresh on-air talent in the middle of this pandemic. Dota 2, the biggest esports in the world, has yet to recover due to the pandemic. Valve decided to push back their biggest annual tournament to 2021 due to the pandemic.
Fortunately for Froskurinn fans, this translates into a higher possibility of seeing her back in the League of Legends European Championship. There’s just no place like home. No, we especially have to stay home right now because of the pandemic. The 2021 League of Legends season is expected to begin sometime in January 2021. Let’s all give a warm welcome to our returning star caster and analyst, Froskurinn.