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Astro launches an Esports Channel in Australia

Esports on cable TV? Yes please.

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In another move to promote esports on a wider scale, Astro Malaysia together with Every Good Game (eGG) Network and Fetch TV have launched an eSports and Gaming Channel to be broadcasted in Australia.

Esports continues to push towards the mainstream and this is another move that will help that cause. The Vice President of Sports Business at Astro, Lee Choong Kay released a statement to commemorate the occasion:

“Through eGG Network, Astro is pleased to collaborate with Fetch TV to make available live broadcast of the biggest international eSports leagues such as Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and many more to Australian eSports fans on Fetch TV, which is available from leading broadband providers Optus, iiNet, Internode, Dodo and iPrimus. eGG Network promises to bring a new and rewarding viewing experience for Australian eSports fans, who can gather with their ‘tribe’ on this platform to cheer for their favourite eSports teams.”

While Scott Larson, the CEO of Fetch TV chimed in:

“Fetch TV is excited to launch the first e-Sports channel in Australia. eGG Network is a great addition to the Fetch TV channel line up, and will be included at no additional charge for our Entertainment Pack customers to enjoy.”

Fetch TV was founded in 2010 and is currently one of Australia's main TV providers alongside Foxtel and Telstra. In early 2016 it was revealed the service had 400,000 active subscribers and were aiming for 600,000 by the end of the year.

This push towards the real mainstream continues to prove that esports is destined for bigger and better things.

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