Game developer Riot Games has announced that select third-party streamers will be able to co-stream League of Legends’ Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) from the venue for the first time ever.
Notable streamers Ibai, YoDa, SangHo and MinGyo Kim will stream the matches from London’s Copperbox Arena between May 18th and 21st.
MSI is one of the largest League of Legends events in the world. As its name suggests, the tournament is a mid-season event that gathers teams from all major regions. This year’s edition is taking place in London, United Kingdom, for the first time in MSI history. The tournament is set to conclude with a grand final on May 21st.
The most popular of the streamers is Ibai Lanos, with more than 13m Twitch subscribers. He will be joined by Brazilian streamer YoDa and South Korean streamers SangHo and MinGyo Kim, providing localised co-streams in three languages.
Riot Games did not share a lot of information regarding the new co-streaming efforts, but the company did announce that the four streamers will have the opportunity to co-stream directly from the Copperbox Arena.
Ibai will stream between May 19th and 21st, with the other three content creators set to stream between May 18th and 21st.
The tournament is the first-ever edition of the MSI to allow for co-streaming. More than 30 streamers from a variety of regions have been approved to share original feeds with their own commentary to a wider audience. The aim is to create better engagement and localised content which, in turn, could improve viewership figures.
As of right now, the MSI is recording good viewership numbers. Around 1.9m peak viewers watched the event already with around 680,000 average viewers. The audience is only set to grow this week as the tournament enters the late phases. In comparison, the 2022 edition of MSI saw 2.19m peak viewers in total and 588,000 on average.