Last year Capcom made history at the Evolution Championship Series when the final eight of the Street Fighter V tournament bracket was broadcast on ESPN, and more than 200,000 peopled tuned in to watch the action. It was a long time coming. We live in an age where esports is becoming mainstream, like it or not.
According to Variety, NetherRealm studios will be another company getting the major broadcast treatment. TBS and Eleague has teamed up to televise the Injustice 2 World Championship Series, a first for the Chicago-based company.
Injustice 2 is the sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us, a non-canon DC storyline that centers on Superman becoming a tyrant in an alternate universe. The sequel doubles the insanity, with better gameplay, story, and crazy RPG-lite loot gear for competitive match-ups.
The Injustice 2 World Championship Series will premiere on Saturday, October 21. With the prize money locked at $250,000, expect to see some famous players like Sonic Fox and Tekken Master in the tournament bracket.
Ed Boon's Career Continues To Shine After 25 Years
Ed Boon has been the mastermind behind brilliant games, like the Mortal Kombat franchise. But it wasn’t until #MortalKombat9 (2011) that put NetherRealm on center stage (literally), alongside Capcom. Ever since then, Ed Boon has been quite the force to be reckon with.
Injustice 2 is the sum of all Ed Boon has experienced and worked on throughout his years. And a couple years from now, the next Mortal Kombat or Injustice will be another milestone for him. The Mortal Kombat community has grown so fast in the last few years, while legacy fans remained loyal to Ed Boon’s brilliance.
Both Injustice and Mortal Kombat franchises has gained international appeal, as major players like Foxy Grandpa and HoneyBee gained fame from major tournaments. NetherRealm has come quite a long way, despite only existing for a few years, collaborating with Warner Bros. Interactive.
From working on pinball games to creating one of the most violent, and most outrageous, games out there, Ed Boon shows no sign of slowing down – as this is only the beginning of a great era of fighting games for the masses. It’s a great time to be a esports fan.