Direct TV to Run Championship Gaming Series


Direct TV will get its game on with live carriage of the inaugural Championship Gaming Series (CGS) World Final Dec. 6-14.

The event, held at the Sony Studios in Los Angeles, will air in high definition on Direct TV’s entertainment channel The 101 and will feature more than 100 of the world’s top professional gamers competing for the league’s first-ever World Champion title and a share of a $1 million prize purse.

The playoffs will feature the top CGS teams from around the world as they compete in PC and console based games such as Counter-Strike: Source, FIFA2007, Dead or Alive4 and Project Gotham Racing3. Tournament coverage will commence with the start of CGS World Final on December 6, with Direct TV broadcasting three hours of single elimination competitions each night leading up to the championship game on December 14.

“This is the Super Bowl 1 of professional video gaming, Eric Shanks, executive vice president, Direct TV Entertainment, said in Tuesday’s announcement. “We couldn’t be more pleased with year one of the league and the excitement that it has created worldwide.”