ESPN will broadcast Street Fighter 5 championship from this year's EVO tournament

Hado... Ken, Ryu, and the rest of the SF5 cast join Heroes of the Storm on ESPN's roster of eSports broadcast on television.

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The annual Evolution Champion Series (EVO) will host the Street Fighter 5 world championship, and ESPN will broadcast every dragon punch and corner trap (via GameSpot).

ESPN's announcement came via Twitter. Matches will be broadcast on ESPN2 and the network's WatchESPN streaming service. EVO emanates from Las Vegas between July 15-17 this year, and live coverage of the SF5 championship will kick off at 10p Eastern on Sunday, July 17, according to ESPN's statement.

"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."

Airing SF5 matches represents the latest step in ESPN's effort to get more involved in the world of eSports. The network opened an eSports website earlier this year, and broadcast Blizzard's Heroes of the Dorm college tourney earlier this spring.

ESPN chose a great year to help fans unable to attend EVO follow SF5's championship action from afar. According to the network and representatives from EVO, this year's tournament has "seen unprecedented interest and popularity, breaking Evo's previous record for most entrants in a single game after just four days of registration."

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      July 1, 2016 1:03 PM

      Nice!

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      July 1, 2016 1:07 PM

      I wanna see highlights make the sc top 10 and them be confused

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        July 1, 2016 1:29 PM

        I would love to have heard Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick call the highlights for this.

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      July 1, 2016 1:27 PM

      That's cool so long as it isn't an exclusive

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      July 1, 2016 1:32 PM

      I can't help but feel this is coming about 15 years too late. With broadband being what it is now, the need to have video games broadcast on TV is not what it once was. I can watch on twitch at source quality while any commercials (which will only come at lulls in the action instead of at required intervals) will directly support the content creators rather than the network.

      Feels like ESPN is trying to catch up with the times at this point.

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        July 1, 2016 2:23 PM

        I think it is a step up in the quality of the broadcasts though. As we learned from the Shanghai shitshow in DOTA this year, production value matters and ESPN brings/requires better stuff.

        Plus, I was actually able to get some friends to play DOTA 2 after they watched TI3 on ESPN.

        There might be hope of it having that effect for SFV.

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          July 1, 2016 3:09 PM

          Yeah, production quality ++ and increasing market beyond video game nerds. If people want esports to be a real thing, it's going to have to become popular outside of the communities of people who already play the game.

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      July 1, 2016 2:21 PM

      That is fucking awesome!

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        July 1, 2016 2:23 PM

        *depending on the announcers

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          July 1, 2016 3:01 PM

          breen and jvg

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          July 1, 2016 3:38 PM

          I predict Zhi and Tasty Steve. Possibly UltraChen.

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            July 1, 2016 7:00 PM

            I think Ultradavid will get pulled into MKX. He's good on the call there, too.

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            July 1, 2016 10:06 PM

            No way Zhi is going to get on and drop some racist remarks lmao. "His health is low, this could be the match!" Zhi "It's low, but thats Balrog and he's brown and they make over all less money!"

            "And he takes the round with the super!" Zhi "It's like he is used to beating women into walls and throwing them on a bang bus!"

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          July 1, 2016 6:04 PM

          Yeah, as long as its a couple of the guys who usually do Evo, then I'm cool. If the try to get more polished, TV friendly announcers then I'll be a little pissed.

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          July 1, 2016 6:56 PM

          Absolutely has to be James Chen and Seth Killian. Chen's been the guy for years and Seth understands all the ins and outs of the games, the psychology, and the tournament rules. They were a perfect duo at last year's Evo.

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          July 1, 2016 6:59 PM

          it's been james and seth for the past 5 years

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          July 1, 2016 7:03 PM

          Adam Sessler. ITS ALL TIED UP!!!!!

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          July 1, 2016 7:24 PM

          actual best announcer mike ross probably still not calling the finals

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          July 1, 2016 8:37 PM

          Joe Buck

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      July 1, 2016 9:29 PM

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