ESPN2 to Present Live Coverage of Street Fighter V World Championship 7/17
ESPN2 will televise the Street Fighter V World Championship from the Evolution Championship Series (Evo) final on Sunday, July 17th. Live coverage of the event will begin at 10 p.m. ET from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The program will also be available via WatchESPN.
As one of the headlining events of the world's largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments, the Street Fighter V World Championship has seen unprecedented interest and popularity, breaking Evo's previous record for most entrants in a single game after just four days of registration.
"The Street Fighter V World Championship will be one of the must-see competitions from the Evo finals," said John Lasker, vice president of programming and acquisitions, ESPN Digital Media. "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."
"Evo is excited to bring the energy and excitement of our world finals to a wider audience," said Joey Cuellar, Chief Executive Officer, Evo. "ESPN brings us an amazing opportunity to showcase the fighting game community competing at its highest level."
Evo 2016 is scheduled for July 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Finals taking place on July 17 include Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd-REVELATOR and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
About ESPN and esports ESPN has a long history of delivering live programming, coverage and content to esports fans. In January 2016, ESPN.com officially launched an esports vertical offering comprehensive coverage surrounding the world of competitive gaming. Prior to that, ESPN3 carried live coverage of BlizzCon and The International Dota 2 Championships over the past two years as well as the 2014 League of Legends tournament. The network also previously delivered exclusive live coverage of Heroes of THE DORM in 2015 and 2016, with the final airing live on ESPN2, and the 2015 tournament being the first ever live, televised coverage of a collegiate esports event for ESPN. Additionally, ESPN The Magazine debuted its first-ever esports Issue in May featuring profiles on gaming superstars including Faker, a behind-the-scenes look at MLG's Dota 2 tournament and a cover story on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch creating his own Call of Duty character.
About EVO The Evolution Championship Series (Evo) represents the largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world. Evo brings together the best of the best from around the world in a dazzling exhibition of skill and fun, as players and fans gather to honor the competitive spirit in an open format and determine a champion. Our tournaments are about more than just winning. Evo is open to anyone, feature stations available for relaxed free play, and offer unique opportunities to meet people from different countries and different walks of life who share your passion. Established champions face off against unknown newcomers, and new rivals that might have only talked or fought online meet up and become old friends.