Riot Games is overhauling the broadcast schedule for LoL and VALORANT eSports

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Games publisher Riot Games has announced its revised esports broadcast schedule ahead of the 2023 seasons of League of Legends and VALORANT.

According to Riot Games, the changes aim to create schedules that “meet viewer preferences” and provide new opportunities to create “fresh content” throughout the year.

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After two years of supporting its esports ecosystems, Riot Games has reviewed a variety of data to improve the viewing experience for fans, the company says. As a result, start times for all VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) and League of Legends esports leagues have changed.

Starting with League of Legends, the North American LCS takes place on Thursdays and Fridays at 12:00 p.m. PT, while the LEC takes place on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 18:00 p.m. PT. Also, the CBLoL and LCK start times have been changed.

For the VALORANT Champions Tour, the Americas Circuit runs every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday starting at 12:00 p.m. PT, with the EMEA region playing Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:00 p.m. PT. The Pacific circuit shares the same days as America with a start time of 6:00 p.m. KST.

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The editor says that the change “creates flexibility to explore broadcast formats, enhance national storytelling, and make it easier for co-streamers,” in addition to improving the viewing experience for viewers.

Riot Games also revealed that 2023 plans for LoL Esports and the VCT will be arriving “in the coming days and weeks.”

Elsewhere, Riot Games recently signed a deal with tech company Amazon to host the year-end community event RE/LOAD VALORANT. In November, the publisher also announced plans to self-publish LoL and Teamfight Tactics in Southeast Asia starting in 2023.

Jonno Nicholson

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Jonno is a freelance news writer for Esports Insider and has been part of the ESI team since 2019! His interests include the rapid rise of sim racing and its impact on the industry as a whole.