“We’re ecstatic to be expanding the channels where you can watch the OPL Grand Final live online and hope to produce a completely unique experience on Fox Sports. Appearing on a local Australian sports media channel is a first for League of Legends esports in this region but we hope that the OPL’s collaboration with the sports industry continues as esports grows,” said Daniel Ringland, Head of esports and Competitive at Riot Games.
This isn’t the first time that Fox Sports AU has broadcast esports, as they broadcasted the Crown Invitational in Call of Duty earlier this year.
“As Australia’s sports leader and the No.1 multisport website in the country, FOX SPORTS is ideally placed to bring the huge popularity of League of Legends to an ever-growing audience of esport fans,” Les Wigan, Director of Operations and Digital at Fox Sports, added.
While the OPL is one of the least popular leagues in competitive League of Legends, seeing Fox Sports take an interest is encouraging. Surely, they’ve been seeing the relative success of ELEAGUE, EVO on ESPN, and other more mainstream outlets getting involved in esports.
Fox Sports AU’s Facebook page has around 854,000 likes on Facebook, meaning that many potential viewers could be exposed to League of Legends esports for what could be the first time.
Legacy Esports will be taking on the Chiefs Esports Club in the Grand Final match.
Only the Grand Finals will be broadcast by Fox Sports, which gets underway at 5:30 PM in Australia on Saturday – that’ll be the middle of the night for western audiences. If you happen to be awake, be sure to show your support.