With the start of the League of Legends 2019 Summer Split, fans will be able to purchase a new streaming service from Riot Games.
Pro View will be available for a one-time payment of $14.99 in either USD or Euros. Users will then be able to access the new Pro View streaming function throughout the split, all the way to the beginning of the World Championship. The initial release will come with two levels of access: “Regional” which includes access to either the LCS or LEC, or “All Access” which includes access to both the LCS and LEC for an increased cost of $19.99 in USD or Euros.
This new service will allow fans of the LEC and LCS to watch their favourite teams and players in ways they have never been able to before. New features will include watching the main broadcast stream while simultaneously following up to two of the ten players’ individual points of view. There will also be a timeline mode with all of the game’s major events marked on it, allowing viewers to skip directly to those key moments. For the VODs, there will also be extensive statistics available for tracking.
The Riot announcement of the service indicates that there is a revenue sharing model with the franchised teams in either league. Although Riot does not specify how that will work or how the profit is split between the teams, it is in theory a step in the right direction in allowing fans to contribute to teams in ways other than simply buying merchandise.
Pro View will not replace the free options for viewing competitive League of Legends. Riot has said it is keen to reassure viewers that do not wish to subscribe that they will not be punished with fewer opportunities to view LoL than they already have.
For anyone outside of the LEC or LCS or wanting to watch other leagues there may be an additional wait, as Riot have not said if or when it will extend the service to any leagues not already included.