TV2 to broadcast Telialigaen playoffs, finals

Norwegian free-to-air broadcaster TV2 has acquired the rights to broadcast the latter stages of a number of events in Norway’s national esports league.

TV2 will broadcast the playoffs and finals of esports events League of Legends, Rocket League and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which form parts of Norway’s Telialigaen esports league.

The deal covers the rounds of matches which are set to be played on November 16 and 17.

TV2 head of rights development Nina Wergeland said: “The sport will focus on Norwegian profiles and good content from Norway, combined with everything we cover from abroad. It is therefore a natural part of our commitment to offer broad coverage of our home league.”

The Telialigaen was founded in 2014 with StarCraft as its sole event, expanding to include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends later that year.

Esports growing popularity across Scandinavia was underlined by Danish commercial broadcaster TV2 expanding its relationship with esports organisations DreamHack and ESL in October.

The Danish broadcaster acquired the exclusive platform-neutral rights to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the ESL Pro Tour in Denmark starting from next year through to February 2023.