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Has Tekken 7’s long delay given Street Fighter V a huge lead in eSports?

Has Tekken 7’s long delay allowed Street Fighter V to get a huge head start in eSports? It was announced recently that ESPN 2 will air the Street Fighter V World Championship from EVO on Friday July 17 in Las Vegas which is huge news for eSports fans everywhere. For those wondering if eSports would ever catch on from major markets, this is a good sign.

It was announced recently that ESPN 2 will air the Street Fighter V World Championship from EVO on Friday July 17 in Las Vegas which is huge news for eSports fans everywhere. For those wondering if eSports would ever catch on from major markets, this is a good sign.

So, what does this mean for Tekken and fighting games in general? It all depends on how this broadcast does in the ratings. We shouldn’t expect big numbers such as an NBA Finals, but it’s likely we could see around a million viewers tune in, especially since it’s on ESPN 2. Other networks may take notice and want to cash in on the eSports phenomenon.

Look at how UFC is doing on FOX. As soon as FOX and UFC’s deal is up, all sports networks will be on their hands and knees trying to out-deal each other pleading to UFC to get their foot in the UFC world.

As Tekken tournaments continue to grow in popularity with Twitch broadcasts having viewership’s of upwards to 6-figure numbers (and judging from how Street Fighter V does on TV) we could definitely see a Top 8 Tekken tournament on a major sports channel soon.

My prediction? In another 2 years, we’ll see eSports tournaments become a major part of ESPN or FS1 and gain exposure for big time players like Lil Majin and Anakin.

So, will you tune into ESPN 2 Sunday, July 17 at 10pm EST for the SFV tournament?

Shaine currently lives in Texas and wonders where the past 27 years of his life have gone. His favorite Tekken characters are Eddy Gordo (RIP Cap), Law, Xiaoyu and Jack. His least favorite characters are the ones who beat him when he just needs one more hit. He's a sore loser when he loses and a psycho when he wins. Basically the same thing. Not to be taken seriously because he looks like a 13 year old.

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