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    CBS to Broadcast World Series of Video Games

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    [IMGW]http://media.1up.com/media?id=3312903[/IMGW]Looks like 2007 is going to go down as the year when the big boy TV networks decided to try sticking video gaming up there alongside the World Series and the Superbowl.

    Last week, the UK saw the launch of XLeage -- the cable TV all-gaming "sports channel". Now, North America will get similar treatment, as the World Series of Video Games officially comes to broadcast television. The real surprise? The whole thing's gonna be broadcast on CBS Sports, a theoretical audience numbering in the millions.

    The deal between CBS and the WSVG was officially announced yesterday, in New York.
    "We're delighted to work with the World Series of Video Games to bring competitive video games to a wide audience as part of our award-winning sports coverage," said Rob Correa, senior vice president of programming for CBS Sports. "With popular titles that broaden the appeal of competitive gaming, we think this will be the year that television broadcasting of video games really takes off."

    Featured games at the WSVC include Quake 4, Guitar Hero 2, Fight Night Round 3, and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Games will be broadcast in four separate hour-long segments, each timed to coincide with the WSVG semifinals in the USA and finals in Sweden. Coverage will air as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular on Sunday, July 29; Sunday, August 19; Saturday, November 17; and Saturday, December 15.

    Each episode will include segments on the competitors along with the games themselves. The shows will be produced and directed by Matthew Mills, of TV By Mills, who oversaw MTV Networks' Gamer's Week 2.0 in 2006. TV sportscaster Greg Amsinger (who anchored the WSVG Finals last year) will be doing the play-by-play.

    "We're delighted to work with the World Series of Video Games to bring competitive video games to a wide audience as part of our award-winning sports coverage," said Rob Correa, senior VP of programming for CBS Sports. "With popular titles that broaden the appeal of competitive gaming, we think this will be the year that television broadcasting of video games really takes off."

    The WSVG (technically the "World Series of Video Games, presented by Intel") is described as "world's premier video game tournament circuit." It's technically in its second year of operation, having officially been around since 2006. Last year its tournaments drew an attendance of around 90,000 gamers. Those interested in more information (or in signing up) should check out the company's official website at thewsvg.com. For those interested in participating, here are the dates for the major televised tournaments:
    June 21-24 - Louisville, Kentucky

    July 5-8 - Dallas, Texas

    October 18-21 - Los Angeles, California

    Nov. 29-Dec. 2 - Jonkoping,, Sweden

    Thanks to 1UP.com for sharing the news with us!

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    I'll make sure to tune in. I wonder what games they would broadcast for a primarily North American audience...

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    i recall watching something similar on the usa channel and either cbs or nbc during the morning in the weekends in the usa. to me it was boring watching ppl playing fps with boring commentary. i hope its atleast gonna be interesting to watch this time around with different games.

 

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