On Monday, the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) announced an update and rebrand to its LCS co-streaming program that continues to embrace a communal identity. Moving forward, the LCS co-streaming program will now be known as the LCS Watch Party Program, a new look for the existing co-streaming initiative that is “debuting with a roster of fan-favorite personalities.”
Alongside the rebrand, the LCS Watch Party Program will shift from all members of the League Partner Program (LPP) being eligible co-streamers to an exclusive pool of regular LCS co-streamers. Riot Games is choosing to focus resources on some of the biggest content creators in League of Legends.
Riot Games says “the aim of the Watch Party Program is to deepen the connection between LCS and our program partners through more opportunities for content, more community engagement, and more centralized communication with the LCS.” The inaugural LCS Watch Party roster will feature:
- Nick "LS" De Cesare
- Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng
- Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi
- William "Meteos" Hartman
- Christian "IWDominate" Rivera
- Moe "Yassuo" Abdalrhman
In addition to these popular League of Legends streamers, Flyquest’s Spanish language broadcast initiative Flyquest Presents: LCS En Vivo will also continue to function as a broadcast partner. Riot Games also noted that the LCS might add other pre-selected streamers and broadcast partners over the course of the season.
Riot Games’ LCS co-streaming program first began in 2018 during the North American regional qualifiers leading up to the 2018 League of Legends World Championship. Members of the LPP were permitted to stream LCS games on their personal Twitch streams with live commentary in an experiment that focused on community engagement. Following that success, Riot Games committed to another co-streaming program experiment at Rift Rivals 2019 before implementing it again during the 2020 LCS regular season.
Since then, the LCS co-streaming program has been a big hit with the League of Legends community as streamers like IWDominate and LS tally big numbers on LCS stream days. Although the co-streaming initiative began as an experiment in 2018, Riot Games continues to lay the foundation for a deep and connected program in 2021. The LCS will return June 4 and you can catch all the action on Riot Games’ official LCS Twitch channel or at one of their newly partnered co-streamers' channels.
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