LCS on ESPN: Catch Thrilling League of Legends Matches Today!
ESPN, the largest sports and esports broadcast network in the world, partnered with Riot Games to become the official broadcast home of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). LCS on ESPN is now available for live and exclusive streaming ESPN tel`evision networks.
John Lasker, vice president of digital programming at ESPN, recently announced the partnership and promoted the ongoing Spring Split. In a press release, Lasker welcomed Riot into their new strategic franchise system: “We’re excited to work with Riot Games to create innovative content opportunities around this amazing franchise system…Showcasing one of the most popular esports in the world with the LCS’ Spring Split playoffs allows ESPN to serve new audiences.”
Partnership And Broadcasting Terms
ESPN is now the official U.S-based linear and authenticated streaming platform for the 2020 LCS matches. If one can remember, the two already formed a short-term partnership last year to broadcast the World Championship in North America through the ESPN App and ESPN+. Their 2020 partnership takes into effect this April, starting with the Spring Split Playoffs. This time, Riot aims to reach billions of players watching the games at home.
LCS matches airs live on ESPN app or ESPN.com for streamers, while home viewers can tune in to ESPN2. All matches available on-demand in the ESPN app follow the recent competition and can be viewed by late viewers who missed the live broadcast.
Despite ESPN being the home network, Riot confirmed that the LCS and other LoL regional matches will continue to broadcast live through their official LoL Esports, Twitch, and YouTube channels. You can also catch the latest matches on BetLoL’s Live Streams page.
ESPN is now broadcasting the Spring Split playoffs, one of the biggest LoL competitions of the year. The winner represents North America in the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational this July. And if lucky enough to pass the international tournament, NA’s representative heads to the World Championship.
The LCS finals is approaching, but the remaining matches for the LCS playoffs will air live on ESPN networks with the following schedule:
- Third Place Match Up: April 18th, 4PM ET
- LCS Spring Split Championship: April 19th, 4PM ET