LaLiga has opened an official account on Twitch, becoming the first major European sports competition to join the global streaming service.
With a focus on deepening connections with Twitch’s highly engaged community of superfans, LaLiga will launch a new weekly series of compilations, clips and special programmes featuring LaLiga players, LaLiga Ambassadors and LaLiga Icons. It will also publish original shows produced by LaLiga North America, the league’s operation covering the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Some of the initial content focused on last weekend’s ElClásico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, including profiles, debates, esports simulations and the live warm-up from the world’s biggest sports fixture.
As it continues its partnership, LaLiga will also work to develop new collaboration opportunities and experiences for the Twitch community on its network.
Having recently launched a dedicated sports channel, /twitchsports, Twitch continues to meet user demand for new and exclusive sporting content on its service, with football of particular interest. Through the LaLiga account, fans will be served regular new programming and content that provides both English and Spanish speaking audiences with exclusive insights into the competition, its clubs and its global influence.
New scheduled programming
Among the scheduled programming, a series of shows produced by LaLiga North America will be broadcast on Twitch.
LaLiga North America’s new studio operation will deliver anchor shows in English and Spanish, hosted by recognised talent. These will include the matchday review show ‘LaLiga Zone’, the quickfire ‘One minute with LaLiga’ and ‘LaLiga Previas’, focusing on the week’s upcoming action.
Special interviews with top athletes, conducted by women’s football stars Allie Long and Vero Boquete, will also be shown. Other short- and long-form programming will also be created to provide further unique access and perspectives into the competition.
The league has already built a strong following on the Twitch service through its eLaLiga Santander eSports account. It has created high-impact events on the Twitch platform in recent months, including the #eLaLigaAllStar tournament held with leading gamers to celebrate the return of the league’s official eSports competition, eLaLiga Santander.
In March 2020, LaLiga also organised #LaLigaSantanderChallenge alongside Spanish gamer Ibai Llanos, creating an 18-club tournament featuring star players from LaLiga Santander clubs to raise funds to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As a global entertainment brand, LaLiga aims to offer the best product in the world,” said Alfredo Bermejo, LaLiga's director of digital strategy. “After the good experience with eLaLiga Santander, the official LaLiga account on Twitch is an opportunity to take the next step in our content and social media strategy. Twitch is a service that allows us to reach a new type of audience and explore new content formats to reach our global fanbase.”
Farhan Ahmed, Strategic Partnerships Manager at Twitch added: "LaLiga's approach to this collaboration, built around enhancing the fan experience through unique content, promises to be innovative, exciting and impactful. We can't wait to see how the community of superfans interact and immerse themselves in this content."