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ESPN Opens eSports Division and New Online Hub

Posted Jan 15, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Despite Bobby Kotick saying last week that Activision-Blizzard wants to become the "ESPN of eSports", it turns out ESPN wants to be the ESPN of eSports as evidenced by the new dedicated hub now present on the sports network website.

From humble beginnings, the appetite for esports has skyrocketed as its acceptance has spread from Asia to Europe and now to the United States. In October, tickets to the the League of Legends World Championship Final at Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena sold out in three minutes. In the U.S., the LoL World Championships sold out Staples Center in Los Angeles in less than an hour in 2013, and the Dota 2 International sold out Key Arena in Seattle the last two years. For those watching online, the final between SKT and Koo Tigers saw a peak of 14 million people tuned in at the same time, according to Riot Games, the creator of LoL.

Currently the site has articles and previews for League of Legends, DOTA 2 and Hearthstone to name a few.

Sounds like a battle for eSports coverage is in the making. Check out the new ESPN eSports site.

Source: MassivelyOP

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