Turner Sports to Air New ELEAGUE Series on TBS Ahead of The International Dota 2 Championships
Turner Sports announced today that it will be expanding its ELEAGUE esports brand by broadcasting Dota 2 content leading up to this year’s The International. The company will air a new series called “ELEAGUE: Road to the International Dota 2 Championships” on TBS in August, marking their first foray into Dota 2 content that doesn’t involve their own tournament.
The show will follow three players and teams in the weeks leading up to and during The International, which will be held in Seattle from August 2nd to 12th. Early episodes will focus on the preparations leading up to Dota 2’s most prestigious event, while later episodes will showcase the competition itself.
Although the players and teams participating in the series have not been announced, it has been confirmed that popular Dota 2 personality Toby “TobiWan” Dawson and ELEAGUE’s host Richard Lewis will be involved.
Since launching their Counter-Strike tournament in 2016, ELEAGUE has been steadily expanding into other esports titles such as Street Fighter V and Overwatch. This move into Dota 2 suggests a potential interest in hosting tournaments for the game in the future, especially considering ELEAGUE’s previous collaboration with Valve for the ELEAGUE Major in Counter-Strike.
The release of “Road to The International Dota 2 Championships” comes as a welcome treat for Dota 2 fans who have been craving this type of content. It serves as a reminder that esports is about much more than just tournaments.
The series will premiere on TBS on Friday, August 4th at 10pm ET, with subsequent episodes airing each Friday until August 25th. In addition to the series, Turner will also broadcast Valve’s documentary “Free to Play” on July 28th at 10pm ET as an introduction to Dota 2.
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