The Street Fighter V World Championship is to be broadcasted on ESPN 2 from EVO, according to announcements made to Twitter from Capcom and EVO.

It’s been a big year for EVO. They broke previous records for participants in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and the players competing in the Street Fighter V event is over double the previous year’s Ultra Street Fighter IV numbers with a turnout of over 5,000 players.

Companies have even begun to pitch into the prize pools, with NetherRealm and Warner Bros. providing a total of $50,000 towards the Mortal Kombat XL prize pool, Capcom and Sony offering a $50,000 bonus pot for the Street Fighter V prize money, and even The Pokémon Company handing over $10,000 towards the Pokkén Tournament Series. Capcom has even designated EVO 2016 an official Capcom Pro Tour qualifier, and The Pokémon Company announced that the Pokkén Tournament is an official Pokkén Tournament Championship Series qualifier.

“Evo is ecstatic to be able to have a wider audience share in the energy and excitement of our Street Fighter world finals,” said Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar, CEO of EVO in a statement.

With so much support from both the fighting game community and the companies that have developed these games, to say that EVO has reached new heights would undoubtedly be an understatement. Having ESPN display such an interest in the event to the point where they are willing to broadcast the Street Fighter V World Championship finals is not just the cherry on top for the FGC’s biggest event, but it’s another step in legitimizing eSports to the rest of the world. ESPN is following in the footsteps of TBS, who has been running ELEAGUE on Friday prime time, and several other broadcasting stations that have established channels and segments dedicated to eSports.

“The Street Fighter V World Championship will be one of the must-see competitions from the Evo finals,” said John Lasker, vice president of programming and acquisitions at ESPN Digital Media, “We are always exploring ways to serve the growing and passionate audience of competitive gaming, and we look forward to delivering this exciting event to fans.”

EVO 2016 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 15th to the 17th. The Street Fighter V world finals will have live coverage on ESPN 2 that will begin at 10 pm EST, and will also be available to watch on Watch-ESPN. Fans without ESPN can rest assured that the broadcast will not impact the Twitch streams, will will run through the entire event.

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