Eleague Receives Sports Emmy Nomination
By Bob Garcia
Eleague, the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league formed by TBS and WME, has received the first Emmy nomination in esports. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards on March 30.
Eleague is nominated for Outstanding Studio Design/Art Direction for the competitive esports events they broadcast last year. Last year being Eleague’s first year in operation, the nomination itself is quite an achievement.
Eleague (TBS) is up against Games of the XXXI Olympiad (NBC), Mike and Mike (ESPN2), FOX NFL Sunday (FOX), and UEFA Euro 2016 (ESPN) for the award. The broadcast that earned the nomination was Eleague’s own CS:GO tournament which had more than 2.2 million concurrent viewers.
Going up against the Olympic games and prominent shows such as Mike and Mike may sound intimidating, but Eleague has nothing to worry about. Critics say the innovative broadcast style of Eleague raised the bar not just for esports but sports broadcasting in general.
Whether they win or lose, Eleague now has the bragging rights as the first esports entity to attain such recognition from an awards authority.
Along with the announcement of their industry-first nomination, Eleague announced a planned expansion of their competitive games. The league plans to add the ongoing Street Fighter V Invitational to their broadcasting. It will be the first time TBS and Eleague have hosted a fighting game.
The Award ceremony will take place on May 9 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.