ESPN wants to hire an editor for esports
One of the biggest news networks in the world, the Entertainment and and Sports Programming Network (ESPN), is looking to venture deeper into eSports as they are looking to hire an editor just for esports. This is the next big step after they reported about several big events from League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm. Although this is just a job listing this can't and mustn't be underestimated. As ESPN claims itself to be one of the biggest if not the biggest sports network this should be recognized as they are focussing purely on sports.
This move has been planned for some months but it was just revealed earlier today when the job listing was published on the website of ESPN. They did some testing in eSports and reported about some of the biggest events. They broadcasted the League of Legends World Championship last year and also reported about a college Heroes of the Storm tournament earlier this year. An article, called "The Unkillable Demon King", about Lee 'Faker' Sang-hyeok was a huge success as the LoL community liked it a lot. The cooperation between ESPN and Riot Games at the North American League Championship Series Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York City was one of the latest ventures of the sports network to eSports.
However, this move of ESPN could be anticipated as eSports got a lot of attention lately as millions of people have been watching events and prize money pools were getting higher and higher. The World Championships in LoL last year had more than 28 million viewers, the prize pool of The International 2015 in Dota 2 was more than$ 18 million dollars and even CS:GO had 1.3 million concurrent viewers at the peak. As ESPN likes to call itself the "worldwide leader in sports" it was only a matter of time until they would start to cover eSports as well.