BBC Three to broadcast live matches from ESL One Birmingham

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We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with BBC to broadcast the semifinal and final live matches from the UK’s first Dota 2 major – ESL One Birmingham powered by Intel where top teams from around the world battle for Pro Dota Circuit Points and a US$1,000,000 prize pool.

The corporation’s digital channel, BBC Three, will stream the semifinals at 2pm on Saturday May 26, and grand final at 3pm on Sunday May 27. The live clashes from ESL One will be available to watch online on the BBC Three website and on BBC iPlayer. It will mark the first time that ESL events have been shown live on the BBC, and marks an exciting next step in the growth of esports in the United Kingdom.

BBC Three’s coverage will be fronted by BBC Radio 1 Presenter and vlogger Julia Hardy with professional Dota 2 caster Gareth “Gareth” Bateson and Shane “Shaneomad” Clarke guiding the viewers through the semifinal and final clashes. Alongside showcasing the best Dota 2 teams going up against each other to win the overall prize, there will be interviews with world-class players in attendance so viewers can soak up the atmosphere from one of the world’s biggest and most vibrant esports events.

Max Gogarty, Executive Editor, BBC Three, says: “As esports continues its rapid growth amongst young audiences, BBC Three’s coverage of it is evolving. We’re proud to bring live Dota 2 matches to the UK mainstream and we’re excited to be collaborating with BBC Sport as they bring their high production values to this unique event.”

Julia Hardy, BBC Host says: "I'm so excited to be involved in BBC Three's Dota 2 coverage. The esports world is always such an exciting place to be and is somewhere that brings joy to millions all over the world. I’m really excited to be involved in bringing the passion and the edge-of-your-seat esports moments to a whole new audience."

“With over 25m gamers in the UK, it’s fantastic to have the BBC supporting ESL One Birmingham” said James Dean, MD ESL UK.  “BBC Three will be covering the finals at a much more accessible level so viewers without in depth knowledge of Dota 2 can still enjoy the action and learn what’s going on”.

For more information about ESL One Birmingham, please visit the official website, and follow ESL Dota 2 on Twitter and Facebook for live coverage, highlights, and more.