Riot Games Introduces Monday Night Broadcasts To LCS
Posted 9th January 2020 By: Derpina    121 Views
Esports News – Previous reports and statistics have proven that the popularity and viewership of esports have surpassed the Superbowl, and League of Legends tournaments are responsible for that—particularly the recent World Championship. Defending its throne this year, Riot Games announced new schedule changes to its NA League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) in hopes to increase viewership.
You can now watch LCS tournaments on Monday nights. Riot Games studied the habits of LoL streamers and viewers last year, so the schedule expansion entered the picture. According to Chris Greeley, LCS Commissioner at Riot Games, the goal is to turn these tournaments into a home tradition: “The overwhelming feeling was, let’s carve out a space where nobody else is…We can start to create some habits right alongside our fans. Get home from work, get home from school and have something to tune into on Monday nights instead of the void we have now.”
Schedule and features
All 10 LCS teams will be featured in each episode. Saturday and Sunday episodes still feature most of Riot’s LCS tournaments, Monday episodes, dubbed as the Monday Night League, features two big marquee match-ups. To introduce them, an Academy tilt with three games serves as a pre-show.
Every Friday, Riot will broadcast Academy Rush, a viewing format similar to NFL RedZone broadcasts. Here, the casting team talks about four Academy games happening simultaneously to highlight the top plays. A fifth game concludes the Friday episode.
The LCS returns on January 25, while the Academy league starts on January 24. Saturday pre-show matches begin at 4:30 PM EST, while Sunday matches’ pre-show start at 3:00 PM EST. The Monday Night League starts at 8:00 PM EST, but there will be Academy games earlier that afternoon. Riot will announce the starting time for the Academy Rush matches soon.
To make way for the new schedule, Riot will also adjust the format of Spring Split and Summer playoffs. For Spring, all points and matches affect the team’s invite to the Mid-Season Invitational. Summer playoffs, meanwhile, get expanded plays. A total of 8 teams from 10 participants qualify for the regular season, while the top three receive direct invites to the World Championships.