ESPN is one of the premier sports channel to watch, but given the pandemic, live sports have generally been canceled. Sports leagues like NASCAR and the NBA have hosted esports-esque tournaments and games to keep fans and players appeased. ESPN, it appears, is following their lead by broadcasting more esports content.
According to a report by Engadget, ESPN will start streaming the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Spring Split Playoffs on their second channel, ESPN2, and on their app.
In a statement on ESPN Press Room, John Lasker, vice president of digital programming at ESPN, stated that “showcasing one of the most popular esports in the world with the LCS’s Spring Split playoffs allows ESPN to serve new audiences.” Chris Greeley, LCS Commissioner at Riot Games, agreed: “Now more than ever, coming together to watch and enjoy elite competitive gaming has the power to unite us as a community… we’re thrilled to bring the very best of the LCS to new audiences and existing fans through this partnership.”
Interested viewers can watch games at 4pm on April 11th, 12th, and 18th, with the championship match scheduled for the 19th. A full schedule is available on ESPN.