The BBC is stepping into the world of League of Legends.
The BBC has announced that they will be broadcasting the UK League Championship (UKLC) and the Northern League of Legends Championship (NLC) this summer. Fans can watch all of the games on the BB iPlayer and BBC Sport online and app.
The UKLC season starts on June 14 and will last eight weeks. The playoffs will be on July 27, with the Grand Finals taking place on August 3. The winner and second-place team will then advance to the NLC and be eligible to compete there. Some notable organizations taking part are Munster Rugby Gaming, Bulldog Esports and London Esports, with a number of other great teams competing as well.
Meanwhile, the NLC starts on June 16 and will feature 12 of the best teams in Northern Europe battling it out with the hopes of making playoffs in early August. These games will be played every Tuesday and Wednesday nights and will have teams like Fnatic Rising, BT Excel, Barrage Esports and MnM Gaming.
With their successful endeavors in other esports titles, this move is a great next step for the BBC. BBC Sport Head of Digital Ben Gallop commented on the announcement:
“When it comes to esports, it doesn’t come much bigger than League of Legends and we’re very excited to see all teams in action throughout this summer period. Along with all the live sport that is about to resume on the BBC soon, this coverage over the coming weeks shows our ongoing commitment to esports.”
Since typical sports are on hold due to the global pandemic, many sports outlets are embracing esports. For example, ESPN embraced the LCS last split too.