19 June 2019
An international esports company Fortuna Esports has purchased exclusive rights to broadcast the games of the fifth Major in the DPC 2018-2019 season on Balkan Peninsula countries television.
SK Esports TV channel, a joint project by Fortuna Esports and United Media, will cover all group stage and final stage games of the EPICENTER Major in real time in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and Northern Macedonia.
SK Esports TV channel will broadcast the Moscow Major games in full HD in the official language of every mentioned country. For Fortuna Esports, the broadcast of the EPICENTER Major is a pioneer project in streaming a Russian-based esports event.
Mihajlo Džaril, Fortuna Esports CEO: “EPICENTER is definitely one of the world’s landmark esports events and we are both very happy and excited that we will have the opportunity to broadcast the final Major before The International 2019 during the launch of SK Esports TV channel in our region.“
Alexandr Kim, ESforce Holding commercial director: “The deal with Fortuna Esports marks the first experience of broadcast rights transfer to television in the history of the EPICENTER series. As esports popularity in Balkans keeps on growing, we are sure that seeing the games of the best Dota 2 teams in the world will draw even more attention to the region’s esports industry.”
Dota 2 EPICENTER Major with a prize pool of $1 000 000 will take place in Moscow on 22-30th June. The tournament’s final stage will be held 28-30 June; 16 world’s best teams will battle for the champion’s title under the dome of CSKA Arena (formerly “VTB Ice Palace”).
Epic Esports Events specializes in organizing international competitions and is the organizer of EPICENTER series in Dota 2 and CS:GO in Moscow and Saint Petersburg throughout 2016-2018. Their first Dota 2 series was deemed the best Live Entertainment event by a leading European award EUBEA 2016, and EPICENTER XL 2019 was awarded the first place in nomination Russian Event per Eventex Awards.
Fortuna Esports is the regional leader when it comes to esports. It handles event organization, studio and video production as well as TV and online streaming for international tournaments. Fortuna is the first regional broadcaster to acquire rights for premium esports content with the Riot Games' LoL Esports tournament circuit, Dota 2 The International and CS:GO Majors. Along with premium esports programming, Fortuna's portfolio includes unique entertainment shows created for local audience as well as the biggest regional esports league – Esports Balkan League.
SK Esports is a brand new Sport Klub TV channel created through partnership between Fortuna Esports and United Media. Its programming includes live broadcasts from the world's and region's largest tournaments, news from the world of gaming, popular streamer's gameplay and entertainment shows. SK Esports is available to fans in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia.
ESforce Holding is one of the world’s largest esports organizations and the leader of electronic sports in Russia. The holding company integrates all key areas of the esports business, from organizing international tournaments and professional content creation to publishing and advertising activities as well as online retail sales of esports-themed merchandise. ESforce owns over 220 popular online resources with a combined audience of 12 million followers and 114 million annual unique visitors, which provide a 90-percent reach to esports broadcast viewers in Russia and the CIS as well as access to a significant share of relevant international audiences. In 2018, the holding became part of the largest technology company in Russia, Mail.Ru Group.