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BBC Three showing live esports for next six weekends


Well, East me Enders and Pano my Rama: live Esports is coming to to the BBC this month. BBC Three (which is now online only) will broadcast the new Gfinity Elite League Series One, which means four hours of Rocket League, CS:GO and Street Fighter V on iPlayer every weekend for the next six weeks.

There’s a proper schedule and everything: Fridays at 9pm is for Street Fighter, which in a massive programming screw up clashes with Gardener’s World. Saturday nights from 9-11 is CS:GO (no Casualty for me then), and Rocket League is happening Sunday afternoon from 5. It’s all coming live from the Gfinity Arena in West London, with eight organisations taking part.

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Gfinity Announce First UK Esports Arena

G3 in 2014

The UK is getting its own dedicated eSports venue (well, for a while) from March thanks to a partnership between Gfinity and Vue – you know, the cinema people.

The venue, named the Gfinity Arena, will actually be a dedicated section of Vue’s Fulham Broadway multiplex capable of holding 600 people. It’s expected to host 25 events over the course of its lifespan. Some of those will be part of the Gfinity Championships (their own eSports tournament featuring StarCraft 2, Call of Duty, CS:GO, Hearthstone and FIFA 15) but there’s also the potential for other events. As a spokesperson told me via email:

“The Gfinity Championships will focus on this elite level, however, we will also be staging open events, so that UK amateur teams can experience playing in the arena.”

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