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SuperSport will broadcast the massive ELeague CS:GO tournament

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eSports tournament coverage on mainstream media in South Africa has arrived on SuperSport in a big way. Starting tomorrow, 28 May 2016, SportSport will broadcast live coverage from the massive ELeague Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) tournament; taking place in Atlanta, United States.

ELeague features a prize pool of $1.4 million (R21,809,830.00) with 24 of the best CS: GO teams in the world competing in the two-month long event. Watching professional CS: GO tournaments is always exciting, but in South Africa it is sometimes hard (or impossible for some) to Stream high-quality video via the internet. Now, our local CS: GO community can watch their favorite top professional teams, for example Cloud9, Ninjas in Pajamas and Team Liquid, on their televisions.

About ELeague

Eleague is a joint venture between Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and talent agency WME | IMG. It is a new CS: GO league which is broadcasted live on mainstream media, with a range of television networks already signed up, including our local SuperSports.

Gideon Khobane, the CEO of SuperSport, comments:

“ELeague is at the forefront of eSport and we’re looking forward to charting this new frontier on both digital and television platforms. Our debut broadcast of eSport earlier this year was very well received throughout the gaming community. Over 200 million people watch eSport annually – we hope to add to that impressive number.” - Source

Craig Barry, the EVP and Chief Content Officer of Turner Sports, comments: “ELeague is a global competition showcasing some of the best teams around the world and we’re committed to providing best-in-class coverage across all platforms in all countries. This global approach to distributing eSport content is reflective of the worldwide community that so passionately supports it.” - Source

Dates, times where to watch

The first ELeague broadcast will start tomorrow early morning and the whole tournament will last until 30 July 2016, when the “Global championship” will conclude. Below, find all the dates, times and which SuperSport channel you will need to tune into.

  • 28 May
    Week 1: Final
    4:00am, SS6
  • 4 June
    Week 2: Final
    4:00am, SS6
  • 11 June
    Week 3: Final
    4:00am, SS6
  • 18 June
    Week 4: Final
    4:00am, SS6
  • 25 June
    Week 5: Final
    4:00am, SS6
  • 2 July
    Week 6: Final
    4:00am, SS7
  • Week 7 – BYE
  • 16 July
    Week 8: Last Change Qualifier
    4:00am, SS6
  • 23 July
    Week 9: Quarter Finals
    4:00am, SS5
  • 30 July
    Week 10: Semi Finals
    4:00am, SS7
  • 30 July
    Global Championships
    4:00am, SS7

The schedule is in South African time. Although the broadcast starts very early in the mornings, that is to be expected due to the time zone difference between South Africa and the United States. At the time of writing, there is no word on the chance for re-runs of the event on SuperSport at more convenient times of the day.   

Will you be tuning in to SuperSport to watch the ELeague games live? What do you think about the idea of ELeague and eSports on local mainstream media? Let us know in the comment section below.


Sources: SuperSport, ELeague

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