UK gets 24-hour eSports gaming TV channel

esports-arenaThe UK will soon have its first 24-hour TV channel dedicated to eSports.

Ginx eSports TV will be available via Sky’s television service and will air footage from tournaments as well as produce original content. It plans to show Valve’s Dota 2 international competition as well as global tournaments for Counter Strike.

But one expert wondered where the audience for the channel would was going to come from. In a statement, Ginx boss Michiel Bakker said the channel aimed to give esports “significant mainstream TV exposure” that would complement the online streaming of gaming that many watch.
He said he hoped that making the channel available to Sky’s millions of customers would help people discover esports for the first time. It would also give established fans a different perspective on competitions and tournaments, he added.

The channel will face significant competition for its audience as many gamers prefer to watch gaming streams online. Many follow regular gamers on the Twitch streaming service, on YouTube and Facebook or via sites run by game makers to broadcast top tournaments.

(via BBC)