If you’ve ever really wished that you could watch gaming on television, then this is your time. Not only has DirecTV gotten into the business of broadcasting video game television, but now, according to C|NET News, Major League Gaming has announced a content deal with Flame Ventures to bring its league play to television. Though it’s definitely exciting news for gamers, will it actually attract viewers?
The first thing that comes to mind, for me at least, when it comes to televised gaming is StarCraft. In South Korea there are two different channels devoted to gaming that run coverage 24 hours a day, and though we aren’t to that level yet, we certainly are moving towards it. Though Major League Gaming isn’t a stranger to television, appearing on the USA Network last year, they have a long way to go to reach the same level as other sports. What’s it going to take to get people interested? No solution readily presents itself, but good marketing and promotion always help.