ESPN and 'League of Legends' studio aren't making a broadcast deal

ESPN and 'League of Legends' studio aren't making a broadcast deal

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League of Legends is likely one of the hottest esports titles on the earth, nevertheless it’s not heading to ESPN any time quickly. Spokespeople for Riot Video games and ESPN inform Engadget that the businesses aren’t engaged on a broadcasting deal, regardless of a report on PVP Reside claiming in any other case.

“The story is inaccurate — no lively talks with ESPN in the intervening time,” the Riot spokesperson stated.

An ESPN spokesperson additional confirmed, “The story is fake. We shouldn’t have a cope with Riot Video games to broadcast League of Legends.”

The report claimed that ESPN and Riot have been negotiating a deal valued at $500 million that may give ESPN broadcasting rights to League of Legends content material. Riot at present streams its video games reside on Twitch, typically for tens of millions of viewers at a time. For instance, the ultimate recreation of the 2015 Worlds championship pulled in 36 million distinctive viewers.

ESPN is not any stranger to esports: In January, it kicked off its personal information division devoted to skilled gaming. One other tv community, TBS, is diving into recurrently scheduled esports broadcasts, beginning with the primary-individual shooter Counter-Strike: International Offensive. The esports business is poised to generate $500 million in income in 2016.