TM 37: Why The BBC and Wembley Adopted eSport Game League of Legends
This week Nate Lanxon talks to Philippa Warr, an eSports expert and writer for Rock Paper Shotgun. Twenty-seven million people last year watched the live world championship final of Riot Games's ultra-popular eSport videogame League of Legends; in contrast, this year's FA Cup final was watched by seven million on the BBC. But 2015's League of Legends world championship is being held in part at London's Wembley Arena and it too is being broadcast by BBC. It's time we check in with eSports to see where we're at in terms of their acceptance by the mainstream, and how their popularity in Europe is developing. What's the BBC's investment? What's the UK's contribution? And above all else: what's a pentakill?