eSports Pro Staff . Business . Thursday 8th October 2015 . 12:01
eSports are taking one step further into the mainstream as the BBC has announced it will be live streaming the League of Legends World Championships.
This coverage will be hosted by Radio One DJ Dev Griffin, while freelance journalist Julia Hardy will be on hand to interview players and fans.
Meanwhile, games casters Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith and James ‘Stress’ O’Leary will be providing commentary.
Both BBC Three and BBC Sport will be handling the event using the platform the broadcaster normally used for live sports events and coverage of Glastonbury festival
The League of Legends World Championships quarter finals start on Thursday October 15th and end on Sunday October 19th and take place at Wembley Arena.
“We jumped at the chance to collaborate with BBC Sport and bring this massive UK event to a wider audience,” BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh said.
“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.”
Commentator Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith added: “I’m delighted to be part of the BBC’s coverage at Wembley Arena. Worlds has been amazing so far and it’s great to see the BBC getting involved and raising awareness of eSports in the UK.”