2017 means a brand new season for Riot Games’ PC MOBA League of Legends. The company’s Oceanic division announced this season’s schedule, which kicks off on January 21st at 3 PM AEDT with the reigning champions the Chiefs matched up against the Dire Wolves. This season is bringing a new twist, as teams will be living together in team houses and playing against each other in studio. Riot Games is also paying players $500 a game this season. Teams are getting up to $60,000 and revenue sharing for the in-game marketplace this season.
This season is also bringing some upgrades to the broadcast studio. The studio is now equipped with two team rooms and a broadcasting booth with upgraded hardware for better streaming. The 2017 season will see Michael ‘Hingers’ Hing hosting and Nathan ‘Mendrix’ Mendez providing analysis. Jake ‘Spawn’ Tiberi and Matt ‘Fish’ Stewart are returning to the broadcast desk. Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black and Zack ‘Rusty’ Pye have been scheduled to drop by from time to time as guests.
Fox Sports will be broadcasting a documentary on the Chiefs on Fox Sports 2 at 8:30 PM AEDT on Wednesday February 1st. OPL 2017 games will be streamed life on Riot Games Oceania’s Twitch and YouTube channels.