Watch eSports on ESPN2 for the primary time ever this weekend
The ultimate spherical of the collegiate championship for Heroes of the Storm — Blizzard’s reply to massively well-liked MOBA video games League of Legends and Dota 2 — might be broadcast stay on ESPN2 on Sunday at 6:30PM PT. That is prime time, child. This marks the primary time that ESPN will air an eSports match on reside TV; it hosted the League of Legends finals final yr on-line solely, and that stream introduced in extra viewers than the NBA Finals or the deciding recreation within the World Collection. Additionally final yr, ESPN2 aired a documentary about Dota 2 and ESPN3 hosted an on-line stream of that recreation’s championships. Skilled gaming is a booming enterprise, with the highest title, League of Legends, bringing in an estimated $1 billion in 2014 alone.
It is sensible for ESPN to check the waters with the “Heroes of the Dorm” event, forward of this yr’s Dota 2 and League of Legends championships. If it does properly, perhaps this experiment will persuade ESPN president John Skipper that eSports are, in truth, viable for his channel. In September, Skipper had the next to say about eSports: “It isn’t a sport, it is a competitors. Chess is a contest. Checkers is a contest. Principally I am concerned with doing actual sports activities.” Quick ahead to this week: The Heroes of the Storm collegiate championships kick off, on-line-solely by way of ESPN3, at 2:30PM PT on Sunday, after which transition to ESPN2 for the ultimate spherical at 6:30PM PT.