BBC Intends to Broadcast League of Legends World Championships Live
In what is being considered a massive step forward for the eSports and competitive gaming world, BBC has announced they fully intend to live-stream the upcoming League of Legends World Championships when they happen later this month. Beginning on October 15, BBC Three, the channel that will be working alongside BBC Sport, will broadcast the quarter finals completely live from the Wembley Arena.
Speaking on the upcoming broadcast, BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh said:
We jumped at the chance to collaborate with BBC Sport and bring this massive UK event to a wider audience. BBC Three will always experiment with new ways to deliver content that young people want, in ways they want. I think this is an exciting way to cover something millions of young Brits love, in a BBC Three way.
The upcoming eSports coverage, which will be hosted by known video game personality Julia Hardy and Radio 1 DJ Dev Griggin, will have numerous interviews from competing players and the fans who are in attendance to watch the entire event. The live-stream will also feature gameplay from the various teams from across the world competing to get their hands on the prize pool of £1,387,000.
The quarter final stage of the League of Legends World Championship will take place across four days, beginning October 15, in London. The semi-finals will follow shortly after, but will occur in Brussels on October 24 to the 25th.
The current group stage is happening, with teams Cloud9, SK Telecom T1, Origen, and Counter Logic Gaming, within the top four groups at the moment. The quarter final match-ups have not yet been announced, but will once the group stages conclude this weekend.
eSports commentator Leigh Smith said:
I’m delighted to be part of the BBC’s coverage at Wembley Arena.
The World Championships has been amazing so far and it’s great to see the BBC getting involved and raising awareness of eSports in the UK.
League of Legends remains one of the single most popular games within the competitive gaming world, not to mention just one of the most popular MOBA titles released so far. The game is currently played by well over 27 million unique individuals.
The rise of eSports has ensured League of Legends, and competitive gaming as a whole, have room to grow on the television market. Garnering the attention of a massive business, such as BBC, is a sure sign that competitive gaming and the sport we all know and love is certainly going places in the long run.
Who else is going to be watching the League of Legends World Championships on BBC Three when it live-streams in just a few short weeks?
Or, alternatively, where will you be watching the gameplay from the top teams around the world? Let us know in the comments below.