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eSports comes to primetime on TBS in 2016 with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

A new eSports league will be airing live on cable starting next year, thanks to Turner Broadcasting and talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and its subsidiary IMG. The entertainment companies have joined together to bring an unnamed gaming series to television, specifically to the Turner-owned TBS.

Valve is the first publisher the group have signed on to feature games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the first season of the televised competition. Teams of five will go head-to-head in the first-person shooter, and potentially others, for a chance to win prize money, although the amount has not been disclosed.

Throughout the year, the channel best known for Seinfeld and Family Guy reruns will air weekly matches on Friday nights. Two 10-week tournaments form the league's first season, which includes regular-season play, playoffs and a championship match.

Additional content will be shared live online during the rest of the week leading up to on-air play.

An airdate has not been announced yet, but Turner and WME/IMG plan to share more programming details later this year.

Next year is gearing up to be a big one for the world of eSports: Earlier today, Activision shared news that its Call of Duty franchise would receive its own league in 2016. October's Halo 5: Guardians will also be the star of an eSports World Championship, which will take place sometime this winter.

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