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Riot Games announced the LCS Watch Party Program on May 24, marking an update to their policy on co-streaming competitive League of Legends events.
Participants in the program now have the exclusive right to co-stream live League of Legends Championship Series and Academy matches. As a result, members of the League Partnership Program will no longer have automatic permission to co-stream LCS matches.
Currently, the LCS Watch Party Program includes six content creators, along with an official Spanish co-stream presented by FlyQuest. The following streamers can co-stream upcoming LCS events:
- Nick “LS” De Cesare
- Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
- Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi
- William “Meteos” Hartman
- Christian “IWDominate” Rivera
- Moe “Yassuo” Abdalrhman
Introducing the #LCS Watch Party Program
— LCS (@LCSOfficial) May 24, 2021
Requirements for the LCS Watch Party Program
Riot Games has not yet announced a way for streamers to apply to be part of the new co-streaming program. However, they did note with the approval of LCS management, more streamers and broadcast partners may be added over the course of the event.
Participants may stream alongside any guests as long as those guests adhere to the guidelines of the program. However, guests cannot upload content from the co-stream to their own channels unless they are members of the co-streaming program themselves. To participate, co-streamers and guests alike must be more than 21 years old.
Currently, this program will be limited to English and Spanish streams on Twitch and YouTube. However, the LCS management can include different languages and platforms at their discretion, just as they can add new co-streamers.
Co-streamers are not allowed to alter, cover or otherwise disparage LCS and Academy sponsors or advertisements. They can advertise their own sponsors as long as they don’t conflict with LCS or Academy sponsors and they aren’t on the restricted sponsorship list, which includes advertisements for drugs, liquor, pornography and gambling.
The LCS Watch Party Program will start with the 2021 LCS Summer Split on June 4.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.