ESPN Broadcasting Major Street Fighter Event
The world of television has been stepping into eSports in a big way. After the success of Counter Strike:Global Offensive showing on E-League (TBS), and ESPN deciding to broadcast the Heroes of the Storm and DOTA 2 in the past, it looks like ESPN is looking to broaden the horizons of its’ viewers by adding yet another game to their resume.
ESPN announced in a press release late last week that they would be broadcasting the finals of the Street Fighter V tournament at the 2016 Evolution Championship Series (also known as Evo). The matches will be shown both on TV via ESPN2, and also on WatchESPN (ESPN’s online streaming service). This broadcast marks the first time that Street Fighter V is being shown on a major television network in the history of the game.
Evo has already sold enough tickets for the live event to pack the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. When that is coupled with their online stream broadcast and the viewership from ESPN, Evo 2016 will be the most viewed Street Fighter tournament in history.
The growth and response in the world of eSports over the last few years has been astounding, Evo 2016 being a perfect example. The amount of money available to tournament organizers through eSports advertising has enabled them to reach millions of viewers online. Now with the recent addition of traditional media, there is no telling how high eSports will continue to soar as gaming continues to gain more and more viewers worldwide.