NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SiriusXM and IGN, the leading Internet media company focused on video games and entertainment, today announced they are teaming up to produce a new daily esports satellite radio show dedicated to the fast-growing world of competitive gaming.
IGN Esports Today will debut on Monday, April 11 and air live every weekday (7:00-8:00 pm ET) on the SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio channel. SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio is available to subscribers nationwide on satellite radios (channel 83) and the SiriusXM app.
Hosted by IGN’s Kevin Knocke, IGN Esports Today will give gamers the opportunity to call in on a live show that provides up-to-the-moment news and analysis. The show will also tackle the industry’s marquee competitions featuring League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Street Fighter V, Call of Duty and more.
Listeners will get insight and advice from notable esports competitors that will help them improve their skill whether they compete in small groups or large events. Knocke will also interview other special celebrity guests who share a passion for esports.
“There are hundreds of millions of gamers in North America and as the world of esports continues to grow by leaps and bounds, so too grows the appetite for the kind of insight and advice that can give a player a competitive edge,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming. “We are very excited to team up with IGN to give gamers, nationwide, a truly interactive forum on SiriusXM, a place where they can call in and get valued info and advice from true experts to help them get a leg up on the competition. We’re looking forward to making IGN Esports Today a must-listen show for the gaming community.”
“IGN is thrilled by this unique opportunity to create a live-format, satellite radio show on SiriusXM and its Bleacher Report Radio channel,” said Fran Mirabella III, IGN’s VP of Video. “Combined with IGN’s massive global presence, non-stop video coverage, and leading social network, we’ll be reaching esports fans everywhere they are. Kevin Knocke has covered esports for over half a decade and is the perfect host for the job. He’s passionate to speak out on the big issues for the community, and has all the right connections. It’s going to be an awesome resource for fans.”
SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio is an exclusive 24/7 all-sports channel that delivers engaging content from one of the leading digital sports destinations to SiriusXM’s nationwide audience of listeners. The exclusive channel showcases a variety of Bleacher Report voices and give sports fans a place to discuss their teams, topics and events with experts from every major sport. Bleacher Report, a division of Turner Broadcasting, is the leading digital destination for team-specific sports content and real-time event coverage and is one of the fastest-growing digital properties in the U.S. For more information go to www.SiriusXM.com/BleacherReportRadio. Follow the channel on Twitter at @BR_Radio.
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) is the world’s largest radio company measured by revenue and has 29.6 million subscribers. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment, and a wide-range of Latin music, sports and talk programming. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S. and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. SiriusXM also provides premium traffic, weather, data and information services for subscribers through SiriusXM Traffic™, SiriusXM Travel Link, NavTraffic®, NavWeather™. SiriusXM delivers weather, data and information services to aircraft and boats through SiriusXM Aviation, SiriusXM Marine™, Sirius Marine Weather, XMWX Aviation™, XMWX Weather, and XMWX Marine™. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has more than 2.7 million subscribers. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services to major automakers, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.
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IGN Entertainment is the leading Internet media company focused on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets. IGN caters to more than 68 million monthly users on its website and apps, and is followed by almost 8 million subscribers on YouTube and 14 million fans on social networks. IGN also publishes daily content on Snapchat Discover.
Founded in 1996, IGN is operated by digital media company Ziff Davis, LLC, a subsidiary of j2 Global, Inc. IGN is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Sydney and London. IGN content is localized in 21 languages and 110 countries and hosted on websites and native applications on mobile, connected TV, and Xbox and PlayStation platforms. For more information, visit www.IGN.com and follow @ign on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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