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Hulu bets on esports with new shows

The streaming giant is ordering four new series from ESL, a leading esports league.

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Streaming service Hulu is expanding its original programming into the growing field of esports. According to a Hulu press release, its partner will be ESL, one of the largest esports leagues, which offers competitions in games like Counter-Strike, DOTA 2 and Overwatch.

The new shows will cover sports-talk content, behind-the-scenes documentaries and game highlights. In its press release, Hulu quotes Lisa Holme, Vice President of Content Acquisition:

"Esports is one of the fastest growing areas of media and entertainment, and, through this first-of-its-kind deal with ESL, we can now bring the popular world of esports to Hulu...We know our viewers, especially those watching Hulu on consoles, are hungry for this type of content – so we're excited to offer it on Hulu for the first time."

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An ESL tournament. 

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The new shows will debut later this fall and will be called:

  • Player V. Player -- A mix between a game show and a sports talk panel show.
  • Bootcamp -- A documentary series about The Immortals, a top Counter Strike team.
  • Defining Moments -- A history program covering key moments in eSports.
  • ESL Replay -- A recap show of tournament highlights.