League Of Legends World Championships Quarter Finals Will Be Shown On BBC

Ahead of next week’s League Of Legends [official site] World Championships quarter finals held at the Wembley Arena, BBC Three has announced plans to livestream the event online. Huh!

Radio 1 DJ, and apparent “avid” gamer, Dev Griffin will host the coverage, whilst presenter and one-time Games Master columnist Julie Hardy will join commentators and esports aficionados Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith and James ‘Stress’ O’Leary for player and fan interviews.

The event will see BBC Three and BBC Sport come together to offer the same sort of broadcasting live sport and music events have had in the past, such as Glastonbury or T in the Park. Those who tune in can expect live and pre-recorded videos, text, audio and social commentary, all gathered neatly in one place. Recently, American media organisation Turner Broadcasting announced plans to host live Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events in 2016, thus it’s nice to see esports being taken more seriously in wider-reaching, non-game-specific forums.

Damian Kavanagh, the controller of BBC Three had this to say of the Beeb’s involvement: “We jumped at the chance to collaborate with BBC Sport and bring this massive UK event to a wider audience. BBC Three will always experiment with new ways to deliver content that young people want, in ways they want. I think this is an exciting way to cover something millions of young Brits love, in a BBC Three way.”

The League Of Legends World Championships 2015 is taking place right now, with the quarter finals at Wembley kicking off Thursday October 15.

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    Godwhacker says:

    I really hope they’ll be joined by a baffled Alan Shearer who has wandered into the wrong studio

    • shaydeeadi says:

      Bring Hansen out of retirement. Just to hear him talk about suicidal supporting. Shocking positioning.

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        distantlurker says:

        and you can’t win anything with kids. Oh, wait..

      • Pantalaimon says:

        I once had a dream about Hansen talking about Dota. It was pretty amazing.

        • Pantalaimon says:

          (he had been introduced to it by one of the staff on Match of the Day and he was watching a Dota match and talking about how the depth of strategy legitimised it as a sport.)

  2. SupahSpankeh says:

    Hmm. Not sure I’d be interested in LoL, but maybe this is the thin end of the wedge.

  3. Perjoss says:

    What the hell is a BBC?

    • mukuste says:

      It’s the British Broadcasting Corporation, the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom.

      • Asurmen says:

        I thought this was common knowledge, even for the backwards across the pond cousins.

        • cannedpeaches says:

          I think it is, but at a guess, he may be confused by the “Three” and the “Sports”. I think people over here tend to assume there’s one channel, and it’s referred to as “the BBC”. It’s only your people who tune in to a lot of BBC shows who actually know there are several.

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    Zamn10210 says:

    It’s probably worth clarifying that this is at Wembley Arena (capacity: 12,500). Simply ‘Wembley’ usually refers to Wembley Stadium (capacity: 90,000).

    • ThomasHL says:

      Cheers, I’d assumed Wembley Stadium. I’ll scale my impressedness down suitably.

  5. SuicideKing says:

    in a BBC Three way

    *snigger*

  6. Pantalaimon says:

    Gameplay aside, League’s aesthetics are utterly embarassasing. Though right at home on that channel, perhaps. This is a terrible idea. Yay, videogames.