ESPN launches eSports division

The world of eSports has been growing steadily over the last few years. Packed stadiums and hefty prizes are nothing to turn a blind eye to. And one major sports company is finally getting in on all of the action.

ESPN has announced the launch of ESPN Esports, which as the name suggests, will follow the world of professional gaming. What's interesting is that back in October, Activision Blizzard brought in ESPN's former CEO to help establish the company's own eSports division. You have to wonder if that move helped push ESPN to branch out into the gaming world a bit more.

That's not to say that ESPN has shied away from eSports up until now. In 2014 more than 27 million people watched the League of Legends Championship on one of the company's channels. They've dipped their toes in elsewhere, but this is the first time that they have decided to really make a solid push into the eSports realm.

They haven't announced a lot of details, aside from the new page on their site, and the talk of broadcasting more eSports events on their channels. They're also looking to host their own Twitch broadcasts, with a focus on games like Hearthstone, Dota 2, and League of Legends.

Since Activision recently purchased MLG (Major League Gaming), one has to wonder how much ESPN will be working with Activision (and their former CEO) in the future.

VIA: Kotaku