Star Sports acquires broadcasting rights for Esports World Cup 2024

The tournament is to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from July 3 to August 25

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New Delhi: Star Sports Network and the Esports World Cup Foundation (“EWCF”) announced the acquisition of broadcasting rights for the Esports World Cup (“EWC”) 2024. 

The tournament is to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from July 3 to August 25.

As the official broadcaster, Star Sports is to provide in-depth commentary in English and Hindi. The Esports World Cup will be streamed on Star Sports’ YouTube channel and broadcast on linear TV via Star Sports First and Star Sports 2.

Vikram Passi, Head Marketing – Sports, Disney Star, stated, "Esports is rapidly emerging as a significant force, fuelled by India's burgeoning gaming culture and its recognition on the global stage. The BGMI Masters’ Series, in just a few seasons, has firmly established itself as a premier tournament in India, demonstrating the immense potential for world-class Esports competitions. With the upcoming Esports World Cup broadcast, we aim to expand our audience base, energize the gaming community, and foster greater acceptance of Esports among non-gamers.

This event will not only captivate dedicated Esports enthusiasts but also engage a younger demographic across our platforms, driving a broader appreciation for the competitive gaming landscape." 

Ralf Reichert, CEO Esports World Cup Foundation, said, "Our partnership with Star Sports brings the Esports World Cup to India's massive and passionate gaming audience. Having witnessed this firsthand, I'm thrilled to nurture India's growing esports scene and inspire future champions. With the world's best competing in Riyadh, we hope to spark a new wave of esports fandom in India, and maybe even see an Indian team claim victory."

The eight games to be broadcasted on Star Sports Network are Call of Duty: Warzone, Dota 2, Counter-Strike 2, Overwatch 2, Apex Legends, Fortnite, EA Sports FC 24, and PUBG Battlegrounds     .

Specific highlights include:

  • Opening Broadcast: Week 1 July 3 at 10 PM on SS First and SS YT Channel with Call of Duty: Warzone in Hindi.
  • Weekly Schedule: From Week 3, starting July 18, EWC will be broadcast at 9 PM on SS2 and SS First along with SS YT Channel
  • Hindi Commentary: Call of Duty: Warzone (Week 1) and Counter-Strike 2 (Week 3) will be shown with Hindi commentary on SS First along with and SS YT Channel