Cologne, Germany (April 27, 2016) – The world’s largest eSports company ESL is happy to announce the launch of the world’s first 24/7 eSports TV channel: esportsTV. Bringing the best of esports to fans around the world, the launch of eSportsTV represents ESL’s commitment to the ongoing increase of content accessibility for the eSports community worldwide.
The channel will launch in May on MTG’s Viasat platforms in the Nordic and Baltic countries, and it aims to feature ESL’s core competitions and tournaments. ESL and its parent company MTG are in talks with other TV distributors and platform operators to make the channel available around the world. With over 2,000 live hours of gaming and eSports content delivered each year and reaching new territories, eSportsTV will add to ESL’s current audience of over 100 million digital viewers. The launch of esportsTV and its distribution on new channels will tap into the audience of more than 2 billion gamers and 250 million eSports fans that the industry will have by the end of next year.
EsportsTV shall feature ESL’s competitions and broadcasts from the ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters and Pro League circuits. This channel will enable partnerships with local linear and digital broadcasters and distributors, to better cater to local audiences with the most attractive eSports content offering. EsportsTV will operate alongside already existing partnerships ESL has in place with Twitch, Azubu, Hitbox and Yahoo.
This will change the way people all around watch eSports. Maybe it will even have a replay feature where you can go back and watch games from days or even weeks ago, or maybe it will even be like a DVR and let you record all the games that you’re looking forward to so that you don’t miss anything. Hopefully this will last a long time and not just die out like other people who have tried this.
“We have always dreamt of making esports the world’s most popular sport, and it’s the opportunities like this one that bring us one step closer to making that dream come true” said ESL’s Managing Director, Ralf Reichert. “Bringing new and existing content to more screens worldwide is key to further accelerating the growth and popularity of eSports, and we’re on a mission to reach every gamer in the world.“
With this being the worlds first eSports channel and it being 24/7 there are bound to be some mistakes and glitches. Hopefully these channels will start popping up everywhere and maybe even be a channel for every game. I would personally enjoy that. I know i hate having to go to twitch to watch all my eSports. This however sadly wont be out until may. So i guess we are all stuck watching eSports on twitch and azubu.
ESL is the world’s largest eSports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high-profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top-tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the eSports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint. www.eslgaming.comit has a truly global footprint.