eSports to be brodcasted on TBS by Turner in 2016
After League of Legends was successful in 2013 with beating out the NBA Finals in viewership, awarding countless amounts of individuals with championships & pushing video games of all kinds into the spotlight, esports is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Earlier this week it was announced that TBS would be hosting it’s very own league for Counter Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Call of Duty on national television.
It was revealed on the the Turner/TBS website that Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and WME | IM had formed a new partnership to create an eSports competitive gaming league, the companies announced back in Late September. Through this unpreccented venture, Turner and WME | IMG will deliver competitive gaming events for all platforms including premium live fan experiences, televised coverage airing exclusively on TBS and extensive, high quality live digital event coverage and content extensions. Turner Studios in Atlanta will become the East Coast epicenter for eSports competitive gaming, serving as the headquarters for the new league and primary operations facility for the live gaming experience.
Lenny Daniels, the president of TBS and Turner Sports, commented on the partnership saying, "“eSports is one of the fastest growing entertainment genres among young adults around the world, and 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.” He does not only want to help the sport gain mainstream recognition. Daniels also wishes do it in a respectable manner. He has declared that the teams will be competing for prize money that is actually “meaningful”.
Mark Shapiro, the Chief Content Officer at WME | IMG, also commented, saying “The eSports environment is purpose-built for a generation that consumes content across multiple platforms and seeks unique live experiences,”. “We’re proud to be partnering with Turner to give competitive gaming a first-of-its-kind platform to meet the needs of the industry’s growing fan base and attract new audiences around the world.”
This is a positive sign that TBS will be taking this project seriously as it will start a revolution that millions of esports fans have been waiting on for years. As the sport finally takes a long awaited step towards breaking into the mainstream, one can be assured that the millions of supporters around the nation will be tuning into TBS in 2016 to watch this historical event. While teams, schedules, prizes and extra details will be sure to be announced later on, it is exciting just to know that this day has finally come.
Additionally, digital coverage will include live daily competitive gaming content distributed Tuesday through Friday during each tournament week, as well as a live digital companion experience on Friday nights offered simultaneously with the TBS presentation. Digital content will also include behind-the-scenes event coverage and profiles on the eSports teams and competitors, with additional eSports coverage available through Bleacher Report’s top-rated Team Stream App.
This is Slated to begin in 2016, the televised presentation of the competitive gaming events will feature 10 consecutive weeks of programming twice per year – the most extensive commitment to televised eSports programming to date – airing Friday nights on TBS.
For complete coverage of this devloping story, the official press release from Turner Brodcasting will be credited down below for you to read the official statement.
Written by Tristin Chambers, Chief Executive Officer of Awaken
Posted by Eric Rodriguez, Chief Administrative Officer of Awaken on order of Tristin Chambers.