BBC begins broadcasting esports – and a bunch of ignorant old farts aren’t happy

By Matt Martin
28 July 2017 10:58 GMT

BBC Sport has announced that it will begin broadcasting esports, starting with a six-week run of Gfinity’s Elite Series.

As part of a wider commitment to esports across the BBC network, BBC Three begins showing Street Fighter 5, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League matches at weekends from this evening at 9pm.

Although a traditional TV network jumping on the esports bandwagon isn’t necessarily new, the fact that it’s coming from a public service broadcasting network with nearly 100 years of history has certainly shocked some of its more conservative viewers.

Naturally, rather than sit down and sample some of this newfangled esports thing to see what it’s all about, some viewers have decided to take to social media to yell at the clouds:

Dad, is that you?

If you’re concerned about the level of commitment from the BBC, have faith. For one, the UKs best esports journalist, Mike Stubbs, is helping out in a small capacity.

You can watch the first live broadcast from the Elite Series July 28 at 9pm on BBC Three.

You never know, you might enjoy it.

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