Your first thought is likely, “So they’re going to charge us for what we can get now for free on Twitch?” Riot likely isn’t stupid enough to cut off its millions of viewers of free content, but an app could provide extra content, such as advanced stat tracking, access to replays, additional commentary, camera views, etc. In other words, it could paint itself as a premium service, for the ultra-hardcore League of Legends fans who want more out of their broadcast, much like advanced cable and satellite packages for sports that offer best online games free for superfans; the “basic” level of coverage could remain free. In any case, Riot reducing its reliance on Twitch is a definite plus.
It’s going to be interesting to see if this proposed partnership bears fruit, and what it will mean for the burgeoning e-sports phenomenon as a whole. Very few other e-sports-committed companies could afford this kind of partnership — Blizzard and Wargaming strike me as the only other two that might have a chance — though I could see a media company starting up an “e-sports channel” that covers a variety of smaller games from multiple publishers. In the meantime, what do you think of Riot’s potentially big move?About GTArcade:
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