Turner, WME/IMG creating new esports league to air on TBS

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Posted: Sep 23, 2015 8:20 PM

Esports are coming to TBS.

Turner Broadcasting System and agency WME/IMG plan to create a new competitive gaming league and televise the tournaments. Tens of millions of Americans are already watching others play video games on the Internet, but the fast-growing genre has yet to gain a foothold in traditional TV.

TBS will air the tournaments on Friday nights during two 10-week stretches next year. Play also will stream online starting on Tuesdays of each week in the lead-up to the Friday telecasts.

The two companies expect that their investment will allow them to recruit top existing teams to the league. Under the Friday schedule, teams will still be able to compete in other popular tournaments that typically take place on weekends.

The league will debut sometime next year, with dates for the tournaments yet to be determined.