League of Legends esports enters multi-year deal with Cisco

Riot Games has announced that it has partnered with multinational technology conglomerate Cisco for League of Legends esports.

The multi-year partnership will see Cisco become the official enterprise networking partner of League of Legends esports. 

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Credit: Riot Games

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Cisco will provide Riot Games’ flagship title with several upgrades, including an update to ‘The Realm,’ the private game server used for the League of Legends World Championship, Mid-Season Invitational, and All-Star Event.

Scott Adametz, Esports Technology Lead at Riot Games, spoke on the partnership in a release: “As a sport completely reliant on technology, it is essential that League of Legends runs on a trusted and reliable network. With Cisco as a partner, we now are able to build and expand the infrastructure necessary to deliver the best esports experience possible for fans and professional players all over the world.”

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Riot Games was recently in the headlines following a partnership with Saudi Arabian city development project NEOM for its Europe competition LEC, the developer quickly backtracked on the deal after employees and broadcast talent threatened to boycott the league until the deal was cancelled.

Brian Eaton, Director of Global Sports Marketing at Cisco, also commented on the deal: “Our partnership with Riot Games brings together the leaders in esports and networking to offer the best possible connected experience for the players and millions of fans around the world. Cisco is committed to redesigning the internet for the future, and esports has a big impact on that goal. With more people online than ever before for work and entertainment, it is critical to have a highly secure, flexible infrastructure in place to help ensure the visual quality and speed that will be required in the future.”

Esports Insider says: With League of Legends esports adapting to an online environment, the expertise of Cisco will prove invaluable as Riot Games continues to refine the online experience for all involved.

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