June 30, 2022

NA LCS to be streamed on ESPN+

As everyone scrambles for a piece of the esports streaming pie, recently ESPN announced a non-exclusive multiyear deal with Riot Games to stream the North America League of Legends games on ESPN+. ESPN+ is the company’s direct to consumer subscription streaming service that was relaunched earlier this year.

This deal will not impact streaming already being done on Twitch, YouTube and in-client broadcasts but will give ESPN the ability to broadcast all League of Legends games that involve a North American team, including the All-Star and Worlds events.

The streaming will begin with the NA LCS Summer Split on June 16, 2018.

Riot Games communication lead, Chris Tom was quoted as saying “Serving the fan experience has always been of highest priority, so we are excited that League of Legends esports will be broadcast alongside ESPN’s world-class sports programming.”

You may remember that in 2016 Riot Games and MLB Advance Media’s BAMTech division made a 7-year deal, ESPN have confirmed that their deal will replace the 2016 agreement but ESPN will still utilize some of the technology that BAMTech has developed.  Specifics on what and how they will utilize have not been provided, however their parent company, The Walt Disney Company’s recent acquisition of 42 percent of MLBAM making it a 75 percent shareholder in BAMTech may have been a contributing factor.

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