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eSports will make its debut on SuperSport

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SuperSport has announced its first broadcast of eSports on DStv. 

The African sports channel will shown highlights of the recent IEM World Championship over the next few weeks across a number its channels, marking the debut of eSports on SuperSport, and hopefully the continued broadcast of the "next frontier in international sport".

You can expect to find the highlights of the event on SuperSport 4, 7, 8, 9, Select and Select Go at a variety of times and days, so there should be a broadcast that will suit you.

The IEM World Championships saw Counter-Strike, League of Legends and StarCraft 2 played in Katowice, Poland from 2 March to 6 March in the jampacked Spodek multipurpose arena and featured some of the top international teams for each title. The Counter-Strike saw Fnatic walk away as the champions, while SK Telecom T1 were crowned champions for League of LEgends, and Polt took top spot for StarCraft 2.

Whether SuperSport will follow this with some coverage of local eSports remains to be seen, but the broadcaster does state (when referring to eSports) that it "plans to be there every step of the way."

They do acknowledge that the "genre is fledgling in South Africa," but that  there is" already a sponsored local professional league." In the statement on the SuperSport site, they also go on to say that "local research indicates that eSports will soon become ubiquitous, especially with Generation-Zers who grew up on gaming devices and cellphones."

With Energy eSports heading to the Copenhagen Games this month, the upcoming MGMS for CS: GO and Call of Duty, as well as the DGL Masters for CS: GO and the Astro Invitational for Black Ops 3 happening at rAge Cape Town, there is plenty of notable local eSports available for SuperSport to consider covering.

In the meanwhile, a tournament offering $500,000 in prize money across multiple titles is an appealing one to use as an introduction on TV, and I suggest ensuring you watch a broadcast to show SuperSport you would like to see more of this more regularly.

The full broadcast schedule is:

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