Newswire: TBS forms professional video game league, will air eSports matches on TV

Exactly two months after Germany’s Electronic Sports League announced that it would begin giving drug tests to its eSports competitors in order to curb illicit Adderall use—thereby proving that eSports are no different from “real” sports—Turner Broadcasting has decided to launch its own professional video game league (but without the unlawful distribution of ADHD medication, we assume). That comes from Variety, which says that TBS will also air 20 live eSports events next year—including “playoffs and a championship round”—all based around Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The league doesn’t have a name yet, but we’d like to recommend either “The Very Funny League” or “The National Association Of Family Guy Reruns.”

As Variety notes, ESPN tried to bring eSports to mainstream America earlier this year with a televised Heroes Of The Storm tournament. The event drew a bunch of backlash from sports snobs …

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