Twitter today announced that it has partnered with leading videogame publisher, and eSports tournament organizer Riot Games Oceania to live stream the inaugural League of Legends: League of Origin tournament globally on Twitter and connected devices.
Taking place June 3-4 from the ESL Studios in Sydney, Australia, League of Legends: League of Origin will feature an array of eSports stars representing New Zealand, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. They will clash head-on for two days of intense League of Legends matches, where only one region can emerge victorious. Regions will be piloted by an affiliated caster, who have each selected a coach and team to represent their turf, with the most stellar Oceanic Pro League (OPL) and Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS) players their region has to offer.
“eSports is growing at a rapid pace in Australia and globally, and this collaboration is a great way to tap into the engaged audience of gamers that are already using Twitter as a primary source of content,” said Olly Wilton, Head of Sports at Twitter Australia. “By partnering with leading eSports competitions like League of Origin, we look forward to bringing the best of eSports live video and conversation together on Twitter.”
“Twitter is one of the most engaging platforms for fans of the OPL and OCS eSports leagues, so it made sense to team up for League of Origin,” said Daniel Ringland, Head of eSports at Riot Games Oceania. “The live stream on Twitter will be a shortcut for fans in Oceania and around the world, as they can both watch and engage on the platform at the same time.”
To celebrate the inaugural League of Legends: League of Origin, Twitter is also launching special tournament emojis. Users can Tweet with #LoLOrigin or one of the team hashtags (#NSWWIN, #NZWIN, #QLDWIN and #VICWIN) to add a custom emoji automatically to their Tweets.
The live content on Twitter, which is set to begin on June 3, will be available globally at Leagueoflegends.twitter.com.
About Riot Games
Riot Games was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in great games. Riot’s mission is to be the most player-focused company in the world.
About League of Legends
League of Legends is a fast-paced & skill based competitive online game. Two teams of powerful champions, each with a unique design and play-style, battle head-to-head across multiple battlefields and game modes. With an ever-expanding roster of champions, frequent updates and a thriving tournament scene, League of Legends offers endless replayability for players of every skill level. Over 100 million people globally play every month.
About Oceanic Pro League (OPL) and Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS)
eSports is the highest level of competitive League of Legends play: professional competition on a global scale. The Oceanic Pro League (OPL) is the League of Legends professional eSports league in Oceania and features the top eight teams in the region. The Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS) feeds into the OPL and features the next best eight Oceania semi-pro teams.
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Source: Press release