Gamers and eSports fans are in for a treat. The PlayStation Vue is slated to get its very own, dedicated eSports channel with 24 hours content facility. Along with boosting the still nascent eSports industry and giving it a larger audience, this would also serve to give the players something to do between bouts of game play.
The announcement comes from the Electronic Sports League (ESL). The company said that its EsportsTV will be coming to Sony’s TV streaming service later in the month. This would certainly help the industry grow further. The market in eSports is already worth several hundred million dollars and could soon cross a billion if it kept growing at the same rate.
Speaking with the GamesBeat, Steven Roberts, executive chairman at ESL said:
EsportsTV is the perfect complement to the PlayStation Vue offering and represents just another step for esports as a form of mainstream entertainment. ESL is in a unique position to significantly expand the reach and impact of premium esports content and we are thrilled to bring EsportsTV to the U.S. market.
Incidentally, this will also mark the first time that electronic sports will come to the United States. The service launched in Europe last year and since then, has already reached in excess of 5 million households. ESL is one of the largest names in the niche and organizes a whole host of programs including the likes of League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
This will also be a relief for users who were earlier forced to Twitch and the like to watch eSports events. With Vue available on PlayStation 4, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, mobile, and other platforms, there will be no dearth of places where users can easily get hold of all the happenings in the niche.