Mark Zimmerman has been named the commissioner of Riot League’s League Championship Series in North America after being involved with the LCS for nearly a decade as a coach, on-air broadcaster and analyst.
Riot Games also revealed that the LCS will be returning to weekend action for its events beginning with Opening Week presented by Mastercard, which will take place January 20–21, 2024.
“After careful examination of our schedule and listening closely to community feedback, we are confident the 2024 LCS schedule will allow fans to follow their favorite sports and leagues during a schedule that works for them,” said Carlos Antunes, head of League of Legends Esports for the Americas. “Fans can expect even more exciting updates on the schedule and formats in early January.”
Zimmerman graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s in game design and development. He began his esports career as an analyst and coach for Curse and Team Liquid, then transitioned to his role as an on-air broadcaster and analyst for the LCS in 2016.
“It is with immense honor that I undertake the responsibility of representing the fans, players, teams, and partners in my new position as the commissioner of the LCS,” said Zimmerman. “I am committed to exploring new and innovative ways to create the best viewing experiences for fans and inspire our community so that our sport can be celebrated for generations to come.”
Zimmerman will report to Antunes, who leads strategic vision and business strategy.
“Mark brings a truly unique perspective on our league and ecosystem, as he has worn a variety of hats throughout his career,” said Antunes. “We look forward to seeing his passion and deep knowledge of the LCS shine through his new role as our commissioner.”