Disney sets in motion plans to stream League of Legends pro tournaments
The broadcasting giant, together with Major League Baseball has just acquired rights to broadcast Pro League of Legends tournaments straight from Riot Games.
Riot Games and League of Legends continues to rake in the big bucks as a new partnership with BAMTech, a streaming platform co-owned by both Disney, Major League Baseball, and the National Hockey League, looks to broadcast pro League tournaments with the deal said to amount to USD 300 Million.
As League of Legends still stays at the top rank of the most played games on the PC, and on of the biggest Esports title in terms of viewership with over 20 million views on Twitch just last August 2016, BAMTech hopes to tap into this large audience by soon launching services for numerous platforms that will enable viewers to watch, perhaps not only pro League of Legends events but also game streams through their PC or Mobile.
While the initial worry is if the service will be hidden behind a Freemium paywall, Riot Games Whalen Rozelle, Director of Esports, calms down the crowd by saying that the “current experience we have today is and will continue to be free“.
BAMTech is currently handling streaming services for HBO, MLB, NHL and even WWE, with this new partnership, Riot Games hopes to bring in more money through broadcasts and sponsorship, which will in turn help continue support the League of Legends Esports ecosystem.