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Sky airs gaming tournament on TV tonight

In its journey to the mainstream, eSports has just passed another important milestone.

Sky will broadcast eSports for the first time ever with a special programme airing tonight.

The UK TV service plans to showcase highlights from the Intel Extreme Masters, a five-day video gaming tournament at the Spodek Arena in Katowice.

And if you doubt the tournament’s credibility, note that the IEM is attended by 100,000 fans, with a prize pool of $500,000 at stake.

A total 12 teams from all of the world battle it out live, playing games like League of Legends, StarCraft II:Legacy of the Void, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Winners collect an impressive $100,000 in prize money, which makes this a lucrative venture for the pro gamers involved.

The highlights of the World Championship will air on Sky 2 (channel 129) at 22:00 (GMT) tonight.

The Intel Extreme Masters – sanctioned by the Electronic Sports League – just closed its tenth season.

The competition has already taken place, so Sky’s programme will only be recapping events that took place over this weekend.

Have you ever watched eSports? Let us know in the comments.