BBC Three to broadcast live eSports

A gamer at the Gfinity elite league series one

A gamer at the Gfinity elite league series one

The contract, which the company said was the first of its kind that the BBC has done for an esports series, would deliver content for the next six consecutive weeks with live Elite Series tournament play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fridays will be reserved for Street Fighter, with competitions being broadcast from 8.45pm, Counter Strike will be shown from 9pm-11pm on Saturdays, and there's one hour of Rocket League on Sundays from 5pm.

"This is an incredible moment for the Gfinity Elite Series and for esports fans in the United Kingdom and internationally", said Neville Upton, Gfinity chief executive.

Following in the footsteps of Sky, the BBC has announced it will be bringing live eSports coverage to viewers every weekend for the next six weeks on BBC Three (which as you may recall, is now an online channel).

Gfinity Plc's (LON:GFIN) flagship eSports tournament will be broadcast on BBC Three this summer.

Damian Kavanagh, controller for BBC Three, meanwhile said: "esports has become hugely popular in the last few years with young audiences so it's great that BBC Three can bring this to a mainstream audience and create new habits with younger audiences as we stream three of the most popular games on BBC Three across the weekend".

Although a traditional TV network jumping on the esports bandwagon isn't necessarily new, the fact that it's coming from a public service broadcasting network with almost 100 years of history has certainly shocked some of its more conservative viewers. Congratulations to both parties on an exciting new deal.

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