Two weeks ago, the world’s largest fighting game event – Evo – broke ground by broadcasting its final event live on ESPN2. While the television broadcast differed from the official Twitch stream with its own commentators and cutaways, it appears that the ESPN broadcast was a success.

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To put these numbers into perspective, the nearly 2 million viewers is slightly higher than the average Sunday Night Baseball broadcast (1.75 mil in 2015) and the average regular-season NBA game on ESPN (1.7 mil in the 2015-16 season). With numbers like that, you can bet ESPN will continue looking to capitalize on eSports in the future.

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