E-sports as an Alternative to This Pause in Live Sports

The ES1 channel broadcasts many competitions

and eSports shows

With the world of traditional sport at a standstill and heavily impacted by the Covid-19 health crisis, eSports presents itself as an alternative for fans of competition. ES1, the first French-language channel exclusively dedicated to e-sports, is mobilizing to offer a complete service, with ever more competitions and many programs provided by the channel’s hosts and analysts. 

For several weeks now, the channel has adapted to continue to offer new competitions with notably the LFL (French League on League of Legend), the Rocket League Championship Series, which should appeal to soccer and car fans, or the international league Blast Premier on the game Counter Strike. All these competitions that were played during physical events are now continuing online.

The schedule of programmes has also been revised, with a higher rate of broadcasting. The various ES1 stakeholders have been equipped to ensure continuity of programmes from home, while respecting the quality standards of the channel. The shows are made online, via webcams, with the various columnists and guests. This new way of operating has also made it possible to obtain major guests that would have been difficult to get on set, as they come from the four corners of the world. Special programs have also been set up, such as a module where Esport and gaming personalities share their favourite games to play during isolation.

E-sports is dynamic in this time of crisis. That’s why ES1 has decided to launch a new show called “Il va y avoir du sport”. This new program, starting on April 16, will address sports news from an Esport perspective and how traditional sports are finding e-sports a new outlet for them.

For Nicolas GICQUEL, Director of Programmes, “ES1 has been able to adapt to the current situation by mobilizing its talents and teams to offer programs and content that are new. The eSports scene remains very dynamic. The channel that represents it had to offer to the audience that watches it a line-up which is as diverse as ever, if not even more so.”

Bertrand AMAR, founder of the channel, said: “The stoppage of sports competitions has prompted many sports channels, such as BeIN Sports in France or Fox in the United States, to broadcast esports competitions. The same is true for the great traditional sports leagues who are currently participating in video game competitions from home. This is how many viewers are now discovering esports especially on ES1, whose approach has always been to make eSports accessible to as many people as possible.”

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