Riot Teams Up with ESPN For League Of Legends Broadcasts
Posted 31st May 2018 By: Derpina    189 Views
Esports News – League of Legends (LoL) World Championship consistently dominates the list of most-watched esports for a number of years now. As a matter of fact, the recent Mid-season Invitational event between China’s Royal Never Give Up and South Korea’s Kingzone DragonX became the most-viewed esports match in history, attracting 80 million fans across the world to tune in for over 1.2 billion hours of content.
To address the ever-growing fanbase of LoL, ESPN and Riot Games have entered into a multi-year partnership to stream esports competitions on the ESPN+ app. This will be a continuation of the agreement built from a $300 million deal between BAMTech and Riot after Disney acquired a majority share of the former company.
First on the list
From now on, All LoL events will be streamed live on the ESPN+ application. The broadcast services start on June 16 with the introduction of North American League of Legends Championship Series (NALCS) Summer Split streaming every Saturday and Sunday.
Ten teams will compete against each other twice per season, with 18 matches in total and one match per day. Expect to see LoL teams such as 100 Thieves, Cloud9, Clutch Gaming, Counter Logic Gaming, Echo Fox, FlyQuest, Golden Guardians, OpTic Gaming, Team Liquid, and TSM. The finals, as scheduled, will culminate on September 8 and 9 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California–this determines the teams joining the other 24 from 14 regions in LoL World Championship South Korea later this fall.
ESPN+ app coverage
Fans from all parts of the world now have a chance to witness which team will take over the Summoner’s Cup. A subscription for ESPN+ guarantees non-stop and timely LoL streaming services all throughout the year, with a special inclusion of traditional sports and popular movies. This is not something Youtube and Twitch readily provide for Amazon, Apple, and Android devices.
For only $4.99 USD per month, you will not only be provided with LoL updates and events, you can also watch live sports events including MLB (one live game per day), NHL (one live game per day), MLS (the entire out-of-market schedule), Grand Slam Tennis, Top Rank Boxing, PGA Tour Golf (50 days of coverage from 20 events), Collegiate Sports, International Rugby, and Cricket. Supplementary to sports and esports, a full library of ESPN Films can also be accessed.