Electronic Sports League (ESL) has agreed to work with Hulu to enable the subscription-based streaming service take its first major steps into the world of esports.
According to a press release, the deal contracted between the two will bring four original shows this fall for those “hungry” for esports content. Everything will be developed and produced by ESL, and will premiere exclusively on Hulu this fall.
“The partnership with Hulu marks ESL’s first original series on an on-demand streaming service, and will showcase the diverse nature of esports through high quality storytelling,” senior vice president of global media rights and distribution at ESL Nik Adams stated. “Esports appeals to a younger, more digitally savvy audience so Hulu is a perfect platform to build out our original content and expose the world of esports to new audiences.”
Player vs Player will be a “gamified debate show” with casters and other important figures from the esports community talking about the hottest topics. Bootcamp will be a documentary series that follows the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) team of Immortals as they prepare for IEM Oakland. Defining Moments will put the most impactful moments from esports history into the spotlight with experienced casters and analysts explaining what made them special. Finally, ESL Replay will be a condensed documentary-style recap of the most memorable moments from four of the biggest esports tournaments in the world.
Barry Hennessey, Emm-award winning producer of The Amazing Race, has been reportedly hired by ESL to lead the shows. Each episode will be released on a weekly basis for all four series. We are still waiting for ESL and Hulu to release the exact schedule.