King of the Dot Changing the Battle Rap Game (Again) With the Launch of Pro Sports-Style Season Format With Twitch Set as Streaming Partner
Highly successful battle rap league, King of the Dot (KOTD), is changing the game once again with the first-ever pro sports-style season format. The inaugural season, dubbed S1, premieres Sunday, June 20, in Los Angeles. Twitch has been named the exclusive streaming partner for the new league. In addition to carrying the weekly rap battles every Sunday, Twitch will air exclusive content throughout the week.
After setting the global standard with their winner-take-all tournaments and pay-per-view events, KOTD is now introducing a regular season, playoff, championship format. The league will be split into four divisions — East, West, North, and South. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top four competitors from each division will qualify for the playoffs, which are set for November. The eventual champion will pocket a grand prize of $100,000.
“The season format is the next logical step for our league, artists, and partners,” said King of the Dot owner Charles Morgan. “The regular cadence enables artists to make new fans from every corner of the map every week and puts them in a position to capitalize on their talent all year ‘round. We could fill Madison Square Garden twice with the number of viewers accessing these streams and our artists deserve even bigger audiences.”
Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, and Atlanta will host the weekly battles which are scheduled for every Sunday. Fans can track their favorite rappers with updated standings each week and help determine the winners. Twitch will stream content Monday – Thursday that will recap the previous week’s competition and preview the next and will feature interviews with league performers and personalities from the sports, gaming, music, and culture fronts.
“After we saw how the Twitch community and Twitch team embraced battle rap in 2020, we didn’t even blink when we had the chance to make history with them in delivering S1,” KOTD founder and owner Travis “Organik” Fleetwood said. “You learn more from people’s actions than you do from their words, and Twitch demonstrated that they are committed to creating the best experience for battle rap fans around the world every time the ball came their way. We look forward to bringing our audience onto the service for many more successful seasons.”
Organik, a multiple battle rap champion in his own right, founded KOTD in 2008 in Toronto. Since then, it has become the top battle rap competition in North America. Successful Toronto-based rapper and recording artist Drake is a frequent guest at KOTD events and refers to himself as “The official King of the Dot representer.”