If you want to watch esports on TV, then you will probably go to a streaming platforms like Twitch, Mixer or YouTube. But as competitive gaming grows in popularity, there have been growing numbers of traditional television broadcasting networks who have started to show esports. However, there remain many concerns about how esports on TV could actually work. Competitive gaming has often been seen as being too specialist for mainstream tastes, and there is the question of why gamers would want to go back to television for their esports entertainment.
But as the global esports audience has grown to include over 500 million people in the past few years, it seems that TV bosses will have to start featuring esports sooner or later. Where can you watch esports on TV? Ever since the dawn of competitive gaming, there have been some broadcasting networks that aimed to show esports on TV. South Korean television networks showed WCG tournaments well over a decade ago, and Sweden’s TV6 broadcasting network still shows the DreamHack tournaments, as well as The International and some CSGO Majors.
Some esports brands like ESL have even taken matters into their own hands. The esportsTV channel showcases ESL, IEM and Pro League tournaments on networks like Canal Digital and Skylink so that gaming fans in the USA and some European nations can watch the action. Disney were one of the first major broadcasting networks to move into esports. The brand own ABC and ESPN and have used these channels alongside Disney XD to show the Overwatch League and the EVO Championship Series . Although ESPN are known as primarily being a traditional sports broadcaster, they have teamed up with ESL and Riot Games to broadcast some NA League Championship matches, as well as ESL One, IEM and Pro League competitions. […]
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