×

Riot Games to Independently Broadcast ‘LoL’ Champions Korea This Year

League of Legends” developer Riot Games is taking over broadcasting duties for its biannual LoL Champions Korea (LCK) esports competition starting this year, according to the Korea Herald.

South Korean cable channel OGN and “free-to-air” service Spotv both previously held the rights to broadcast LCK. While Riot Korea’s president, Lee Seung-Hyun, reportedly said in November 2017 it will continue to work with both companies, it will now produce the event independently. Riot told the Korea Herald it’s certain its ownership of the “League of Legends” IP will outshine its broadcasting inexperience.

“Our biggest strength is that we are the original developer and the IP owner of the game,” said Yi Min-ho, head of esports broadcasting at Riot Games in Korea. “We will build on the founding history of OGN and Spotv’s esports broadcasting, which the viewers are familiar with and what they expect. We have recruited the best cast for the realtime delivery of the games.”

LCK will have a more traditional sports format this year. It will air live via the SBS AfreecaTV channel in Korea and on online platforms Naver, AfreecaTV, and Facebook Gaming. Riot is also making an effort to cater to its global fans. It will offer English service on Facebook, the Korea Herald reports, and all pre-produced video content will have English subtitles as well.

Today’s news coincides with the September opening of Riot Korea’s new esports stadium LoL Park. The arena reportedly features 30 cameras, state-of-the-art LED screens, a surround-sound audio system, and more.

LCK Spring 2019 kicks off Jan. 16 with a match between SK Telecom T1 and Jin Air Green Wings. It will feature five consecutive days of first round games and four consecutive days of second round games, according to the Korea Herald. Tickets to the event reportedly sold out within two minutes.

Popular on Variety

More Gaming

  • Insomniac Games - Spider-Man

    Sony Is Acquiring Insomniac Games, Studio Behind 'Spider-Man' for PS4

    Sony Interactive Entertainment clinched a deal to acquire longtime PlayStation games developer Insomniac Games in its entirety, the company announced Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed “due to contractual commitments,” according to Sony. Insomniac Games is the developer of PlayStation 4’s top-selling “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and other PS games, including the “Ratchet & [...]

  • westworld awakening art

    HBO Launches 'Westworld Awakening' VR Game With Survios

    Ever wanted to enter the world of “Westworld?” Now you can — except it won’t exactly be like you might have imagined it. Instead of being one of those guests living out their fantasies, you will be a host, slowly coming to grips with your life being an elaborate illusion. “Westworld Awakening” has been produced [...]

  • Telling Lies - Logan Marshall-Green

    Sam Barlow's 'Telling Lies' Government-Surveillance Thriller Game Sets Release Date

    After more than two years in the works, “Telling Lies” — the investigative thriller from acclaimed game creator Sam Barlow — is ready to take the stage. The game, produced with and released by Annapurna Interactive, will be available next Friday, Aug. 23, via Steam and Apple’s Mac and iOS app stores. “Telling Lies” will [...]

  • David Messinger, Activision Blizzard

    Activision Blizzard Hires CAA Veteran David Messinger as CMO

    Activision Blizzard tapped David Messinger, a former 15-plus-year veteran of CAA, as its first corporate-wide chief marketing officer. Messinger, based in Santa Monica, reports to Coddy Johnson, Activision Blizzard’s president and COO. It’s the first time the video-game company has appointed a CMO who will oversee the global marketing operations across all of Activision Blizzard [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Is Leaving Facebook

    Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is leaving Facebook 7 years after launching the first Oculus Rift headset with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Mitchell announced the move on Reddit Tuesday, calling it “bittersweet news.” Mitchell said that he would take some time off to spend with his family. And while he committed to still being involved in [...]

  • nomadic seoul

    Nomadic Expands Abroad, Opens VR Center in Seoul

    Location-based virtual reality (VR) startup Nomadic is getting ready for an international expansion: The company will open its first VR center outside of the States in South Korea later this month. The new location, housed in the CGV Gangbyeon multiplex in Seoul, is being opened in partnership with theater chain CGV and technology provider CJ [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content