Are you curious to watch e-sports tournament live? BBC has announced to broadcast a major e sports tournament over the next 6 weeks. You can now watch online the Gfinity Elite Series tournament on every weekend on BBC Three.
The prize is big, 225,000 pounds for the winner, around 160 gamers will join the contest on from of live audience.
e-sports could be watched on other platforms online, currently, viewers watch e-sports on various online channels including Twitch and YouTube but BBC coverage of the event will definitely attract more viewers to the tournament. According to the deal with BBC will broadcast exclusive editorial content from Gfinity tournament in West London.
Street Fighter V, Robot football game Rocket League, and Shoot-em-up Counter Strike: Global Offense would be the games to be played.
However, the e sports events are also shown on conventional channels like Ginx in the UK. BBCs coverage would be much larger than other channels said, BBC.
Piers Harding-Rolls, an analyst at IHS, said the BBC would be able to test the demand for e-sports on its network. The audience comprising of youth are much attracted to the live events like this, so BBC can test the demand of this genre on its network, however, BBC cannot broadcast it on terrestrial TV because of the bigger associated risk before passing it through the testing grounds, he added.
The popularity of E-sports events is growing and can attract millions of new viewers online. According to Newzoo’s prediction, the global audience of e-sports will double to 600 million by 2020, with more than 1 billion pounds in revenues.
Don’t forget to watch the first stage of Gfinity Tournament on Friday at 20:45 BST on BBC Three website and iPlayer, the next episodes will be broadcasted on Saturday at 21:00 and Sunday at 17:00