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TBS To Air Video Game League

Turner Broadcasting System will team with WME/IMG to launch an eSports competitive gaming league featuring the popular video game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the network said Thursday morning.

As part of the deal, Turner and WME beginning in 2016 will deliver competitive gaming events for all platforms including live fan experiences, exclusive coverage of e-gaming events on TBS, according to network officials. TBS will air 10 consecutive weeks of programming twice per year airing Friday nights on TBS.

The first game featured as part of the deal is Valve Corp.’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game (pictured), according to Turner, which will use its Atlanta studios to house eSports competitive gaming, including serving as the home for the new league.

A Digital content of the deal will also include behind-the-scenes event coverage and profiles on the eSports teams and competitors, with additional eSports coverage available through Bleacher Report’s Team Stream App.

“eSports is one of the fastest growing entertainment genres among young adults around the world,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports. “We’re looking forward to creating a tremendous live event atmosphere, leveraging the infrastructure and expertise within Turner Studios, and presenting the competitions in an innovative way throughout our portfolio of leading brands.”

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