Riot Games has revealed that it is working with in-flight entertainment company Panasonic Avionics to broadcast matches on commercial aircraft.
League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) and Academy matches will be shown on aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s in-flight entertainment systems.
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Panasonic Avionics will become the exclusive in-flight provider of the LCS and Academy as part of the agreement, which will see matches available in a near-live format from launch, meaning fans won’t have to avoid social media for any spoilers.
Riot Games’ LCS is shaking things up in 2020, with three new faces joining the competition. Immortals will join the league after purchasing OpTic Gaming, Dignitas is returning after its Clutch Gaming purchase, and Evil Geniuses recently acquired the spot previously owned by Echo Fox.
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It has not been confirmed which airlines will be part of the in-air LCS experience at the time of writing, though more information regarding this is expected to be revealed in the coming months.
In 2017, tournament organiser ESL partnered with Emirates Airlines to provide on-demand esports content from past ESL tournaments.
Esports Insider says: Esports content is everywhere on nearly all platforms imaginable. Seeing the LCS become available on aircraft as an alternative form of in-flight entertainment is another example of esports moving into mainstream culture.