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BBC to air e-sports tournament

The BBC is to stream live coverage of a major e-sports contest for the first time. BBC Three will show highlights of the quarter-finals of the League of Legends World Championships on its website.

The event, at Wembley Stadium next week, will see gamers compete in League of Legends – an online role-playing battle game played by some 27 million users every day. Teams compete in a 3D battle arena and each game lasts between 20 and 60 minutes. The total prize pool for the championship is $2 million, with the winning team set to take home $1 million.

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh said: “We jumped at the chance to collaborate with BBC Sport and bring this massive UK event to a wider audience. BBC Three will always experiment with new ways to deliver content that young people want, in ways they want. I think this is an exciting way to cover something millions of young Brits love, in a BBC Three way.”

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