Riot Games has seen the rise of eSports since the very beginning, and they love supporting the competitive scene. Unlike Nintendo who has left the competitive scene of their games to struggle, Riot Games wants to keep on expanding it. With a brand new stadium dedicated to one of the South Korean teams.
This is done as one of the many ways League of Legends is going to be presented in Korea. As part of this move, Riot will take over the production of the LCK (League Champions Korea). That brings it in line with the EU and North American LCS leagues.
With this, Riot will take more control out of the hands of third-party companies in Korea. It’s pretty much the same thing Valve has been doing for the DOTA competitive scene.
Riot Games’ new studio will be the origin of the world’s most competitive league. The new complex is set to open in September 2018 in time for the 2019 season under the name “LoL Park”. This will be the set for the new LCK championships in Korea in the following years.
The building for the new stadium is leased until 2029, and will seat 400-450 fans for LCK broadcasts. The complex will be located inside the Gran Seoul building on the third floor.
LoL Park will also have a PC bang, a coffee shop, and of course backstage and practice areas for players across nearly 57,000 square feet.
This decision is following on the success of the global championship of League of Legends. The name of the event was Worlds 2017 and saw more than 40,000 followers.
OGN and SPOTV were the primary broadcasters of the league, and Riot Games will work with those organizations for the new regime. There’s nothing said about the future of the game’s commentators, though, so there might be a shift in that regard.