The televised eSports genre continues to grow. As ESPN and TBS air various competitions, the networks are seeking new games to air and later this month, ESPN2 will show the finals of the Street Fighter V World Championships in Las Vegas on July 17.

ESPN says as one of the world’s largest fighting game tournaments, the Street Fighter V World Championships, it has seen huge interest and risen in popularity. From the official announcement, ESPN says this has become a big event in the world of gaming:

“The Street Fighter V World Championship will be one of the must-see competitions from the Evo finals,” said John Lasker, vice president of programming and acquisitions, ESPN Digital Media. “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.”

The event part of the Evolution Championship Series also known as “Evo” has a number of championships which have fighting as its base. Started in 1996, this is one of the oldest competitive video gaming tournaments.

The Street Fighting V World Championships join the Heroes of the Dorm tournament and  International Dota 2 Championship as part of ESPN’s eSports lineup.

With the world of eSports expanding, it will not be a surprise to see more tournaments on TV especially with the sports networks which are always looking for new content to show to viewers.

[USA Today]

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