Sport1 partners ESL ahead of esports channel launch

German sports broadcaster Sport1 has signed a content partnership with esports organisation ESL.

The two-year deal will showcase ESL events via the broadcaster’s new eSports1 channel, which is due to launch tomorrow (Thursday).

Sport1 announced in November that it would be launching eSports1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland this month.

As well as live event coverage, the pay-TV channel will provide tournament highlights and in-house content.

ESL organises competitions in games such as League of Legends, Dota 2 and Clash Royale.

Sport1 will this year broadcast high-profile events including ESL One Katowice, ESL One Mumbai and ESL One Birmingham, as well as League of Legends European Masters tournaments and the Red Bull MEO powered by ESL Clash Royale competition.