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MLBAM closes in on esports streaming deal with Riot Games

MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and internet arm of North America’s Major League Baseball, is close to agreeing a streaming deal with Riot Games, developer of the League of Legends esports competition.

Citing sources close to the talks, the LA Times newspaper said that the deal would be worth almost $200m (€188.3m) over two years.

Should the deal be finalised, BAMTech, the video technology company of MLBAM, would develop an application to stream coverage of matches.

League of Legends matches are currently primarily streamed on video-sharing website YouTube and social video platform Twitch.

BAMTech already has streaming deals with US pay-television broadcaster HBO, as well as the Turner Sports division of US cable-television broadcaster Turner Broadcasting System.

MLBAM, Riot Games, Twitch and YouTube are yet to comment officially on the reports.