Riot Games appoints former Call of Duty League director Jackie Felling as LCS commissioner
Riot Games has selected gaming industry veteran Jackie Felling to be the new commissioner for the 2022 League of Legends Championship Series.
In addition to the commissioner role, Felling will take on the Head of North American League of Legends position as well.
Felling had resume-worthy experiences in her 16 years of career in the gaming industry. She led projects in several esports titles. Further, Felling had worked as a game producer and global esports head for Xbox Game Studios’ third-person shooter Gears of War, product lead for Overwatch League, and director of product for the Call of Duty League at Activision Blizzard.
Felling said that she has admired Riot for its dedication to both players and the sport.
“When considering my next move, I knew I wanted to be somewhere where I could make a real impact, and where my passion for community and players could be fueled. Throughout the last 16 years of my game development and esports career, I have admired Riot for their dedication to players and esports,” the statement read.
Felling further stated that she and the LCS team will continue to listen to players and the community for better strategy and future vision of LCS.
“It would be easy to be intimidated by the challenge of leading the LCS product with its decade-plus history, passionate fans, engaged owners, and high expectations for North America – but instead I feel genuinely excited to listen and learn and take time to understand what this ecosystem needs and wants,” Felling added.
Felling, esports insider, Greeley
An esports insider also added that Felling is known to be a great leader and is exactly what the LCS needs.
Felling replaced Chris Greeley who has been appointed as the new head of esports for North America and Oceania at Riot Games.
Felling also mentioned that she will work closely with Greeley in the coming months to help her settle with the role and finalize transition in time for the 2022 Summer Split of the LCS set to start on April 24.
“Chris Greeley (who is now leading North America and OCE esports broadly as Riot evolves into a multi-esports organization) will be working closely with me over the coming months to transition the role of Commissioner throughout the 2022 Spring Split in time for the Summer Split,” the gaming industry veteran continued.
Lastly, closing her statement, Felling said that she is always eager to get in the trenches and get to know both players and fans on an authentic level.
“Anyone who has worked with me on Gears of War, Overwatch League, or Call of Duty League will tell you that I am always eager to get in the trenches and want to know our players and fans on an authentic level.
“Community is very important to me. And so, thank you for taking the time to read this initial blog. I hope to earn a place in this community and it would be an honor to cheer on the LCS alongside all of you.”