The BBC has today announced that it will be broadcasting the League of Legends World Championships on British TV. Starting Thursday, October 15, fans will be able to enjoy all four days of the competition on BBC Three.
Coverage will be hosted by Radio 1 DJ and “avid gamer” Dev Griffin, with gaming casters Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith and James ‘Stress’ O’Leary providing expert commentary.
“BBC Three and BBC Sport are teaming up to deliver all the action using the platform previously used for live sporting events and Glastonbury coverage, where live video, pre-recorded video, text, audio and social commentary can sit side by side,” the BBC announced.
The decision to broadcast League of Legends was made to bring the World Championships, which takes place in the U.K., to a wider audience, according to BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh. “I think this is an exciting way to cover something millions of young Brits love.”
League of Legends now boasts over 27 million players every day, and fans around the world have watched more than 70 million hours of coverage from last year’s Championships.
Video game tournaments like this one are becoming increasingly popular in the U.K., with Gfinity opening a dedicated eSports arena in London, retailer GAME showing tournaments in stores nationwide, and bookmakers taking bets on major eSports events.
Here’s to hoping the BBC’s coverage of League of Legends gives eSports yet another boost.