[BLOG] ESPN to broadcast Street Fighter eSports finals

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[BLOG] ESPN to broadcast Street Fighter eSports finals

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It has now been confirmed that ESPN is planning to broadcast the final top 8 bracket of this month's Street Fighter V tournament at the Evo Championship Series in Las Vegas, live on ESPN2.

With over 5,000 entrants registered for the SFV tournament this year, and the final eight players will be competing for the first place prize on live television - a major step up from years past when eSports was still seen as something the 'general public' would never want to view. Coverage will begin on ESPN2 from 7PM PDT (10PM EDT / 3AM BST) on July 17 (18 BST) and will also be available online at WatchESPN or Twitch's CapcomFighters channel, as usual.

"The Street Fighter V World Championship will be one of the must-see competitions from the Evo finals,” said John Lasker, VP of programming and acquisitions at ESPN. “We are always exploring ways to serve the growing and passionate audience of competitive gaming, and we look forward to delivering this event to fans."

ESPN's had a growing interest in the broadcast of eSports since last year, when they broadcast the Heroes of the Dorm tournament. At the time former TV and radio anchor Colin Cowherd was not a fan of this, famously saying that he would quit if he was ever 'forced' to talk about 'kids playing games'. He was suspended from ESPN in July of last year and ESPN has since opened an eSports department of the news site; having already aired several eSports tournaments.

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