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A new eSports league is coming to TV in 2016 under a new partnership formed by Turner Broadcasting System and WME|IMG. The goal: to bring competitive gaming to the masses via TV and online. The still-unnamed league, to be aired exclusively on TBS, will consist of 10 continuous weeks of programming twice a year. So far, no other TV network has made the jump to bring its own eSports tournament. So far, sports network ESPN has aired hours of eSports programming on TV.
For the inaugural season of the league, Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been selected as the featured title.
During the weeks of programming, the league will be seen on Friday nights on TBS, with daily streaming of the tournament, behind-the-scenes, and more, from Tuesdays to Fridays.
“eSports is one of the fastest growing entertainment genres among young adults around the world,” stated Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports. “We’re looking forward to creating a tremendous live event atmosphere, leveraging the infrastructure and expertise within Turner Studios, and presenting the competitions in an innovative way throughout our portfolio of leading brands.”
The Turner Studios in Atlanta will be the headquarters for the upcoming eSports league.