Street Fighter V is coming to basic cable.ESPN2 is going to air the finals of the Street Fighter V World Championship live from the EVO 2016 fighting-game tournament at 7 p.m Pacific time 10 p.m. Eastern on July 17 in Las Vegas.
Publisher Capcom announced the television event on the official Street Fighter YouTube and Facebook accounts.
Evo is a three-day event starting July 15 that features a number of massive tournaments for beloved fighting games like Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros., and Mortal Kombat X. ESPN is only planning to air the last rounds of the newest Street Fighter game, which is typically considered the top discipline among the fighting-game community.
This is another big push for the $748 milllion esports into the realm of traditional media.Competitive gaming is not anything new for ESPN.
The network, which is best known for its coverage of traditional athletics like football and baseball, has featured games like poker and chess for years.
Now, in recent months, it has invested heavily in esports with a team dedicated to coverage of pro scenes like Street Fighter V, for example.