Big news for the esports community: German based company ESL announced the launch of EsportsTV, the world’s first 24/7 channel esports channel. Launching later this month, this platform will allow viewers to keep up to date with the latest news and tournaments. ESL’s goal is aimed to reach out to the 2 billion gamers and 250 million esports fans from around the world.
Working with their parent company, MTG, esportsTV plans on airing its biggest events ESL One, IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) and other competitions. They also plan on working with esports community casters to reach out to the local communities.
Both CEOs of ESL and MTG released a few words on the big news:
“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. 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.” – Ralf Reinhart, CEO of ESL
“This is fantastic because it will bring esports to an even broader global audience. Esports is a global sport played all year round so there is so much content to share. The channel is all about building awareness and growing the gaming community and fanbase. We have seen an explosion of interest in esports and we want to make more and more content available on as many screens as possible.” – Arnd Benninghoff, CEO of MTGx, and Peter Nørrelund, CEO of MTG Sport
Esports in the last few years has really started to become popular, even picking up it’s own sections in sports media news as of last year starting with ESPN and then Yahoo. Currently ESL covers Battlefield 4, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Halo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Mortal Kombat, Smite, Starcraft II World of Tanks and Rainbow Six. This news certainly proves that esports is here to stay.
Source Ellen McConnel of ESLgaming.com.