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USA Network to Televise Gaming Tournaments

Apr 17, 2006  •  Post A Comment

USA Network has signed a multiyear deal with Major League Gaming, the first professional video game league, to televise its gaming tournament.

USA will air seven one-hour episodes, each set in a different city, covering the gaming circuit. The episodes will air between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year and are set for a post-wrestling weekend slot.

“After three years of grassroots initiatives to build a credible, authentic professional video game league, MLG is now on the threshold of truly breaking through to the mass market,” said Mike Sepso, co-founder and CEO of MLG. “The time is right for a full-fledged sports media business dedicated solely to creating the next major league sport in America, and attracting top-notch sponsors and major network partners can only accelerate the MLG phenomenon.”

This is the first programming deal for MLG and the first time USA will run video game tournaments.