Riot Games have been pushing League of Legends as an eSport for quite some time now, and it looks like they’re not content with just their past efforts, either. In their latest move, they entered into a deal with the South Korean gaming-focused TV station OnGameNet to begin showing regular LoL content, starting with a six team invitational tournament.
OnGameNet is no small organization. Considering that they’re an actual television station in South Korea, that is pretty self evident. However, StarCraft fans will easily recognize the name, because this is the station that hosts the OnGameNet Starleague (OSL), which is one of the top StarCraft leagues in the world.
By entering into an agreement with OnGameNet, Riot could expose a lot of gamers in the region to League of Legends and build an even stronger following in the country. While League of Legends has been out in North America and Europe for two years, it was only introduced to South Korea last December. The launch itself was very successful, with 300,000 new accounts created on the first day.
Four South Korean teams will compete in the tournament, EDG, MiG, Team OP, and StarTale. Also attending will be the Chinese team World Elite, and the North American Counter Logic Gaming. This tournament, which will begin on January 20th, is just the start, with a full-scale league similar to the OSL planned to begin next month.