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Twitter inks a deal with Riot Games Oceania to live stream eSports tournament

The latest to join the eSports world is Twitter which has inked a deal with Riot Games Oceania to live stream the inaugural League of Legends: League of Origin tournament globally on Twitter and connected devices.

ESports popularity is growing rapidly worldwide and everyone wants to be a part of it. Esports ad industry worth $280m in 2016 will breach the billion mark by 2021, which makes it an ideal platform for others to invest in.

Commenting on the partnership, Olly Wilton, head of sports at Twitter Australia, said: "ESports is growing at a rapid pace in Australia and globally, and this partnership is a great way to tap into the engaged audience of gamers that are already using Twitter as a primary source of content."

He further added: "By partnering with leading eSports competitions like League of Origin, we look forward to bringing the best of eSports live video and conversation together on Twitter." 

Twitter, as a part of the partnership, is also launching  special tournament emojis. Users can Tweet with #LoLOrigin or one of the team hashtags (#NSWWIN, #NZWIN, #QLDWIN and #VICWIN) to add a custom emoji automatically to their Tweets.

"Twitter is one of the most engaging platforms for fans of the OPL and OCS esports leagues, so it made sense to team up for League of Origin,” said Daniel Ringland, head of eSports at Riot Games Oceania. "The livestream on Twitter will be a shortcut for fans in Oceania and around the world, as they can both watch and engage on the platform at the same time."

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