May 23, 2016
ELEAGUE to Launch with Live Event Coverage
Distributed in Over 80 Countries Around the World
Turner and WME | IMG announced today that its inaugural season of ELEAGUE will be distributed to over 80 countries around the world including Turner networks in Latin America and Asia, along with broadcast rights sold by IMG and Turner International in other territories.
The new professional eSports league will launch Tuesday, May 24, with ELEAGUE featuring 24 elite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the globe competing over a 10-week period from a state-of-the-art arena at Turner Studios in Atlanta.
In the United States, live event coverage will include week-long digital content on Twitch (Tuesday/Wednesday from 12-7 p.m. ET and Thursday from 2-7 p.m.) with a Friday night televised showcase airing on TBS at 10 p.m. ET (along with digital platforms). Additional details on the regular season schedule and league format can be found here.
Outside of the U.S., ELEAGUE will be shown on broadcast and digital platforms in countries/territories including Africa, Asia, China, France, Germany, Latin America, the Netherlands, Nordics, Poland, Portugal and Russia.
“ELEAGUE is a global competition showcasing some of the best teams around the world and we’re committed to providing best-in-class coverage across all platforms in all countries,” said Craig Barry, EVP and Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “This global approach to distributing eSports content is reflective of the worldwide community that so passionately supports it.”
Tobias Sherman, Head of eSports, WME | IMG, said: “There is a tremendous appetite to show this very first ELEAGUE from across the globe with more broadcasters showing an interest every day. The fan base is a very passionate one and digital and TV coverage will not only showcase the excitement and thrills of the games, but also help grow the audience and raise awareness of eSports around the world.”