Sjokz goes freelance, to work on EU LCS in 2019
Long time European LCS host Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere has announced on social media that she became a freelancer. She also noted that she will be part of the EU LCS broadcast in 2019.
The host noted that 2018 was a successful year for the European broadcast team. However, she found that the time to pursue the next step of her career has come. In addition, she will have more time to manage her personal life, as the packed schedule did not allow that. “I have learned a lot over the years in front of and behind the camera and want to have the opportunity to work on a larger variety of projects, see what else I can learn, and contribute to along the way,” she said. “As for my concrete plans, in all honesty, I’m figuring it out as I go so stay tuned for more updates!”
Sjokz has hosted the EU LCS since its inception in 2013. Back then, Riot Games collaborated with the Electronic Sports League on the project, and she was an ESL employee. In 2014, when the LCS became an in-house production, she joined Riot Games and remained employed until Nov. 2018. Fellow broadcast member, Devin “PiraTechnics” Younge, is also exploring the freelance path.
On her Facebook post, she recalled some of the biggest moments she covered. The EU LCS’s first show day, the 2013 World Championship finals at Staples Center, and Dyrus’s retirement speech are among them. Throughout her tenure, she grew into the most recognizable western League of Legends personality. Moreover, she received the Esports Industry Awards’ Best Personality of 2017 distinction. “The League of Legends community has provided me with some of the happiest moments of my life and for that, I am forever grateful,” she said.
Sjokz also contributed to the EU LCS’s rise in viewership in 2018 as the broadcast developed a unique identity. Moreover, the teams delivered compelling storylines that the crew spotlighted, and social media engagement rose. As such, involvement in 2019, as the league transitions into the franchise era, is unsurprising.
The host is a finalist in two categories in the 2018 Esports Awards: Broadcaster of the Year, and Personality of the Year. As for Riot Games, they are in the running for Publisher of the Year, Game of the Year, and Live Event of the Year.