Since many conventional sporting events such as the NBA and NASCAR on hiatus right now due to coronavirus concerns, many sports broadcasting channels have shifted over to eSports coverage, with the recent eNASCAR race on Fox Sports becoming the most-streamed eSports event ever. Just recently, ESPN launched a 12-hour eSports streaming marathon, and now the platform is following up with a new deal with Riot Games to stream and broadcast the League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split Playoffs.
The series will be aired on ESPN2 as well as the ESPN mobile app, with its first match featuring 100 Thieves and TSM played just earlier today at 4 p.m. EDT. The remaining fixtures will take place on April 11, 12, and 18, all at the same time, with the North American finals on April 19, though a time for the match has yet to be announced.
“We’re excited to work with Riot Games to create innovative content opportunities around this amazing franchise system,” says John Lasker, vice president of digital programming at ESPN. “Showcasing one of the most popular eSports in the world with the LCS’ Spring Split playoffs allows ESPN to serve new audiences.”
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