You’ll be able to watch League of Legends esports on planes soon

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There’s nothing worse than getting off a long-haul flight only to find out that your favourite esports team has lost thanks to that one person on social media who can’t keep it to themselves. Well, it looks like Riot Games wants to put an end to your despair because it’s teamed up with Panasonic Avionics to help you watch League of Legends mid-flight.

The news does come with a slight caveat though, in that Panasonic Avionics will only have the rights to show the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) and Academy matches, so if you’re a LCK or LPL fan, you’re out of luck I’m afraid.

David Bartlett, chief technology officer of Panasonic Avionics, says: “Esports brings significant value to an airline by enhancing the passenger experience with engaging content that has garnered one of entertainment’s fastest-growing audiences.

“Similar to traditional sports, esports is most valuable when broadcasted live. For airlines, these innovative solutions provide a game-changing way to differentiate themselves in the market, and a unique way to drive ancillary revenue generation.”

The airlines taking advantage of this deal have not yet been announced, but the good news is that players will be able to watch the games in a near-live format. So next time you’re on a plane, you won’t have to settle for that old episode of Friends you’ve seen a dozen times, or a film that came out two years ago.

And, with the likes of Immortals, Dignitas and Evil Geniuses making their way to the league next season, the matches are certainly going to provide some good in-flight entertainment.

Thanks, Esports Insider.

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