League of Legends in Korea will now be broadcast by Riot themselves. Till now the broadcast for League of Legends Korea (LCK) was divided between On Gaming Network (OGN) and SPOTV. Riot’s decision to split the broadcasting rights between the two studios last year was a very controversial decision. OGN has been instrumental in the development and growth of League of Legends in Korea.
Riot Games has revealed a new League of Legends exclusive venue for its 2019 LCK Season. The new venue can host up to 450 viewers at a time. It is located in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. League of Legends fans can indulge in watching their favourite players in close proximity.
The stadium is unique in the sense that it also houses a PC Bang within the venue. PC bangs are unique to Korean esports culture where fans can play on high-end machines and top-class facilities for an hourly fee. The PC Bang data is the most useful data when determining the popularity of a game in Korea. The PC Bang section of the venue will have several games and not just League of Legends. There is also a coffee shop named ‘Bilgewater’ named after the League of Legends Lore.
“Just because we are planning to broadcast LCK doesn’t mean we’re cutting our ties with OGN or SPOTV. We will continue to work together.”
Riot Korea’s president, Lee Seung-Hyun.
— Korea e-Sports Association (KeSPA) (@KeSPAen) September 17, 2018
LoL Park will play host to LCK from 2019
The LoL Park will be the official LCK 2019 venue. While the park will be opened in stages, the PC bang section will open this month. There will be a soft opening during the play-in stages in October 2018.
The stage will see the top teams compete at the venue. The close proximity of the seating arena allows fans to be able to view individual player screens. In addition, there are also three big screens available at the venue. In order to facilitate fan meets and great community interaction, the venue has an interview zone. This Interview zone is a joint Interview zone, so we expect both teams to come out at the location. It provides fans with an opportunity to get to ask questions of their favourite players.
I only hope that LoL PARK can provide a unique experience to everyday life. Jongno is a place that has a lot of companies and a lot more employees. I’d like this facility to be a place where you look twice and visit when you see it. The League focused stadium is more of an arena-style than a studio. I have made sure and prepared for this place to be a pleasant space for players. In addition, I did my best to set up various attractions and comfortable facilities for the audience who might visit here.
Lee Seung Hyun, the representative of Riot Games Korea
Riot plans to open all facilities by 2019. The LoL Park has already garnered a lot of interest with the various exhibition centres, fan meets and PC Bang available at the venue. It will go for a soft opening at the upcoming Playin Stage in October. The PC Bang will open in a few weeks time during September 2018.