ESPN announced that they launch the dedicated e-sports section on ESPN.com today through eSports Twitter account.
ESPN eSports covers Dota 2, League of Legends, and Hearthstone currently.ESPN has covered Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm through streaming and the channel like ESPN2 before. Since MLG(Major League Gaming) was acquired by Activision Blizzard recently, could it be possible that the year 2016 becomes the first year of buckling down for eSports? Pretty much so.
Former NBA player Rick Fox said, “Everything that is happening in esports is starting to mirror the rise of pro sports.” On ESPN interview.
The move towards eSports is not entirely surprising for ESPN, as it has covered Dota 2’s The International on its streaming ESPN3 channel and has also broadcast finals for Heroes of the Storm and Dota 2 on ESPN 2. ESPN noted that there are up to 200 players who are making at least $40,000 in prize winnings as professional gamers. It is about what the 150th-ranked men’s tennis player and 330th-ranked golfer in the world gross a year.