Even after the advocacy against eSports not being real sports; it looks like ESPN has finally given in to the overpowering demand of eSports and indirectly decided that they now consider them as much a sport as everything else they air.
They did so by announcing to air League of Legends World Championship. This comes from the ESPN Media Zone where the news was announced along with the timings at which you should crank up that TV:
ESPN and Riot Games have agreed to distribute the League of Legends World Championship final between Samsung White and Star Horn Royal Club live from South Korea on ESPN3 on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 a.m. (late Saturday at 11:30 p.m. PT). ESPN will also integrate video highlights from the competition across its digital platforms.
If you haven’t been in touch with the details lately, the LoL World Championship Final is being held in Seoul, South Korea at the Seoul World Cup Stadium where a jam packed audience of above 40,000 attendants will view the grand finals.
This comes in the wake of snarky remarks that were made by ESPN president John Skipper last month. Just like many others who are aloof of the gaming community in general, he suggested about eSports that ‘it’s not a sport – it’s a competition’ and that he was mostly interested in doing real sports.
Interestingly, ESPN also broadcast The International 2014 and will now be airing League of Legends World Championship Finals – no wonder nothing’s more lucrative than the sound of money!
Are you following the World Championship? Who are you supporting and who do you think will win it this time?