League of Legends

Chinese firm reportedly set to pay over $100m for LoL streaming rights

Published: 3/Dec/2019 17:56

by Kamil Malinowski

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Chinese streaming platform, Bilibili, is reportedly set to pay $113 million over three years for exclusive Chinese broadcasting rights of the League of Legends: World Championship. 

League of Legends’ World Championships have soared in popularity over the years, with the 2019 edition smashing viewership records on Twitch.

The game has also seen increased interest in China, especially as both the 2018 and 2019 champions hail from the Asian country. By that logic, it makes sense that streaming rights for the next Worlds’ would cost an arm and a leg. However, Bilibili are allegedly set to fork out an incredible sum. 

Riot GamesWorlds 2019 grand final between FunPlus Phoenix and G2 drew in the biggest crowd yet.

According to a Chinese media outlet, hollobi, streaming platform, Bilibili, are set to purchase exclusive rights to broadcast LoL Worlds for $113 million.

This is set to be a huge change for viewers of the World Championship in China, as the event was not previously exclusive — meaning that fans formerly had multiple website choices to enjoy the event.

If this deal does go through, it will be one of the biggest in esports history. For comparison, Twitch secured exclusivity over Blizzard’s Overwatch League, where the streaming platform paid $90 million over two years for broadcasting rights.

Riot GamesWorlds are the biggest event in the League of Legends calendar.

The amount of money being spent in esports continues to increase year-on-year, as viewership numbers continue to snowball. As an example of esports’ continued growth, Echo Fox’s LCS slot cost the team $10 million in 2018, but was sold for over $30 million in 2019.

With League of Legends continuing to grow, we will likely see record-breaking numbers in the future. Of course, it will be interesting to see the price of the next exclusivity deal.

It’s important to note that this deal only affects Worlds’ Chinese broadcast, so (as of right now) fans outside of the country will still be able to enjoy the event on their favorite platform.

Cosplay

League of Legends cosplayer serenades the crowd as stunning K/DA Seraphine

Published: 4/Dec/2020 8:13

by Andrew Amos

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Seraphine has been a hit in the League of Legends fandom, serenading millions as part of K/DA, as well as a solo artist. Few have managed to capture the Zaun and Piltovan artist’s essence as well as Brazilian cosplayer ‘kitsuneraposa’.

Seraphine might be one of the newest additions to League of Legends, but the popstar has already made it big. The support / mid laner has been a hit with fans, thanks to her @seradotwav Twitter account and K/DA collaboration on release.

Her story is the ultimate rags to riches one, and many fans have resonated with that. It also helps that she makes some pretty good music too.

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Seraphine has become an iconic part of the Riot musical universe.

It’s made her a fan-favorite from well before she was even released, with many lining up to do casual cosplays of the League star. However, this one of her K/DA skin by ‘kitsuneraposa’ is one of the most decked out ones we’ve seen yet.

Raposa took on Seraphine’s ALL OUT design ⁠— stage and all ⁠— in their cosplay. No expense was spared, and it shows. From the wig all the way down to the platform, everything is absolutely picture perfect.

Raposa was actually brought on by Riot Brazil to do the cosplay, and said her experience was just like Seraphine’s growth.

“Everything worked out in the end and the result was stunning. I ended up identifying myself as [Seraphine], and like her, I lived the dream of being part of K/DA for a day,” they said on Instagram.

While Raposa is more known for her Ahri cosplays in the community ⁠— after all, Kitsune is in her name ⁠— her Seraphine one is easily her best work yet.

From the stunning metallic dress, to the crystal powered stage and microphone, every detail was meticulously combed over.

Her cosplay has won the world over, much like Seraphine herself did, and it’s for good reason. It’ll be hard to top this one for some time, and it’ll be one many cosplayers come back to so they too can transform into the Piltovan star.