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MLG's new 'ESPN-style' eSports shows coming this August

Major League Gaming is working to expand its programming lineup with original ESPN-style shows, the first of which will premiere this August, MLG's new VP of programming Chris Puckett told Polygon today.

Puckett, who's served as MLG's leading play-by-play commentator during live events, is working to develop 6-10 hours of weekly original programming that will air weeknights on the company's official website. The shows will include everything from analysis to competition, interviews with players and more.

"Shows will range from live streaming directly from MLG Pro Players and personalities with enhanced graphics, to coverage of online tournaments from our MLG: Play tournament site and smaller events between our major Pro Circuit competitions," Puckett told Polygon. "Additionally, we plan to create an array of 30-minute shows including our version of 'SportsCenter' and build more shows around new games."

MLG will broadcast the shows live, rebroadcast them and make them available on demand, Puckett said of the programming that's been inspired, at least in part, by MLG's current viewers.

"Based on our audience numbers, feedback from our community and the extensive engagement time watching our recent Pro Circuit Championships (viewers of the Spring Championship watched an average of 169 minutes each)," he said, "we know our viewers love watching competition and learning from the Pros. Our plan is to bring them what they want and evolve the content moving forward."

MLG's Spring Championship took place last month, with games and broadcasts including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, League of Legends and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. Its next Pro Circuit Championship event will be held Nov. 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio.

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