Riot Games, the firm behind League of Legends, has today shared its vision for the future of eSports with the announcement of League of Legends Championship Series.
The League of Legends Championship Series is a new professional gaming league with teams from North America, Europe and Asia, offering multiple regular season matches each week, and HD streaming broadcasts available globally for free.
"Talking to players around the world, they repeatedly asked if we could kick League of Legends eSports into higher gear," said Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games. "The new League of Legends Championship Series is our answer. Millions of fans tune in every time we support a major League of Legends tournament, so we're broadening that support in an unprecedented way."
League of Legends Championship Series key facts:
- Global Operations: The top eight teams from both North America and Europe, plus top teams from Asia, will compete for regional and global dominance.
- Millions of Dollars on the Line: Salaries, prize pools and other compensation for Championship Series teams will ensure League of Legends is a sustainable career choice for professional players.
- Regular Season and Playoffs: eSports fans will get to see teams battling in the traditional format of organized sports - a regular season with several matches per week, culminating in regional playoffs and a World Championship, which will crown the world's best League of Legends team.
- Free, HD broadcast events: League of Legends fans will watch Championship Series matches live online with HD broadcast streaming that is always 100% free.