Big Ten Network to broadcast League of Legends tournament from PAX East 2016
As the popularity of e-sports continues to flourish, more television networks are starting to see the value in broadcasting the tournaments. Big Ten Network (BTN), a channel that broadcasts college sports from the schools in the Big Ten division, announced that they have joined forces with Riot Games to host and broadcast BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event at PAX East 2016. The BTN Invitational will feature Ohio State and Michigan State from the Big Ten battling it out in front of a live audience.
The tournament will take place on Friday, April 22 from noon to 4 p.m. EST and will be live streamed on both BTN2Go and LoLeSports.com. The tournament will then be broadcast on BTN at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, April 25.
“The Big Ten has some of the premier eSports teams in the country,” said Michael Calderon, Vice President of Programming and Digital Media at Big Ten in a statement. “The fast-paced, high-level competition of League of Legends is a great fit for BTN’s audience and we’re excited to be the first conference-owned network to bring the intensity of collegiate eSports to a television audience.”
“The Big Ten Network was ahead of the trend in recognizing the growing popularity of collegiate eSports and scholarship programs,” added Sean Haran, Director of Business Development at Riot Games. “There are over 300 University League of Legends campus clubs, including one on nearly every Big Ten school campus, so working with BTN to host an invitational event at PAX East was a no-brainer.”
In addition to the BTN Invitational, the 2016 uLoL Campus Series Finals will also be taking place at PAX East 2016 during the entire weekend.