Pro gaming to hit cable TV

— 9:01 AM on April 17, 2006

Seven one-hour TV shows depicting console gaming tournaments are expected to air on US cable TV this fall. Major League Gaming, the world's biggest console gaming league, will announce the deal with a yet-unknown cable network today. Shows are expected to feature games including Halo 2 and Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with "sports-like commentary and profiles of the players." Matthew Bromberg, Major League Gaming's President and COO, says this deal is "the sign that pro gaming has finally arrived to the mass market ... like poker was two years ago, or NASCAR 15 years ago." Major League Gaming already organizes monthly events in a number of cities, reportedly drawing in "thousands of spectators," but this will be the first time its competitions are televised.

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