MasterCard signs with League of Legends as first global partner

MasterCard has announced a multi-year partnership with Riot Games to become the first global sponsor for League of Legends. 

“Esports is a phenomenon that continues to grow in popularity, with fans that can rival those at any major sporting event in their enthusiasm and energy,” said Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, MasterCard.

“Our Priceless platform is built around connecting with people through their passions. We are excited about the experiences and benefits we can bring to the world’s largest eSport - both in-game and to the millions of League of Legends fans that watch and attend the tournaments each year.” 

As the exclusive global payment services partner for League of Legends global eSports events, MasterCard will focus on three annual global tournaments - the Mid-Season Invitational, the All-Star Event, and the World Championship.

“We’re thrilled to team up with MasterCard on this groundbreaking partnership that will provide meaningful and long-term value to our fans,” said Naz Aletaha, head of eSports Partnerships at Riot Games.

“MasterCard is among the first of world-class brands to take such a big step into eSports at a global level, and we’re proud to have them support League of Legends eSports events alongside their other premier sports and entertainment sponsorships.” 

The first live-event activation will take place at the League of Legends World Championship this October in South Korea, and the first experiences available on will include an opening ceremony viewing and behind the scenes tour, the opportunity to watch a game with a League of Legends pro player from VIP seats and the chance to test the gaming PCs the pros will compete on during the World Championship final.

MasterCard will curate experiences and offers onsite and at