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League of Legends is Coming to ESPN as Deal Struck with NA LCS

Published: 26/May/2018 13:17 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 17:11

by Calum Patterson


ESPN and the North American League of Legends Championship Series have agreed a multiyear, non-exclusive deal to broadcast LoL on streaming service ESPN+.

The NA LCS is the highest level of League of Legends competition in North America, with the biggest names in esports such as OpTic Gaming, Team Liquid and Cloud9 all participants.

Recently franchised, the League no longer operates on a promotion and relegation system, meaning the teams currently competing are stable for the foreseeable future.

This stability has helped strike broadcasting deals such as this latest with ESPN, which is already involved in coverage of LoL through its ESPN Esports section.

This new deal is non-exclusive however, meaning there will be no interruption to other platforms which already hold rights to the NA LCS broadcasts, namely Twitch and YouTube.

As reported by ESPN, Riot Games sources say the new ESPN+ deal takes over from the previous agreement Riot held with BAMTech – a seven year, $300 million that was set to run until 2023.

BAMTech was recently acquired by Disney – also the parent company of ESPN, and so it looks like somewhat of a structural change has lead to this new ESPN+ deal.

The NA LCS will begin to be streamed on ESPN+ starting with the Summer Split, which begins on June 16th.

ESPN+ is ESPN’s consumer streaming service, which users can subscribe to for a monthly or annual fee, and can watch a number of sports live including MLB, MLS, NHL, PGA TOUR Golf and more.


Source: ESPN 


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

Riot Games
FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.