Could Tekken be televised on mainstream media?
Last month it was announced that the EVO Street Fighter V World Tournament will be aired on ESPN 2, as well as being made available on the streaming service WatchESPN.
EVO is a three day event where highly skilled gamers from around the world come together to compete in a range of different tournaments. This year’s event, which will take place on the 15th-17th July in the Las Vegas Convention Centre, will feature approximately 14,000 competitors, with over 5000 of these competing in the SFV tournament. ESPN have chosen to televise the final rounds of the SFV tournament, as these will most likely show off the highest skilled players, and most exciting games.
John Lasker of ESPN Digital Media said, “We are always exploring ways to serve the growing and passionate audience of competitive gaming, and we look forward to delivering this event to fans.”
Could this be the breakthrough that esports needs when it comes to appealing to a mainstream audience? We’ll just have to wait and see. This is definitely a huge step for the fighting game community, and if it’s successful it’s possible that Tekken could get this sort of recognition in future. What do you think? Would you want to see Tekken included on ESPN’s future broadcasts?