Unscripted

Pilgrim inks partnership with esports firm ESL

The North Hollywood-based producer has teamed with esports company Electronic Sports League to develop and distribute original entertainment content for both the linear and digital spaces.
May 10, 2016

North Hollywood-based production company Pilgrim Media Group has teamed with esports company Electronic Sports League (ESL) to develop and distribute original esports entertainment content for both the linear and digital spaces.

ESL has a registered user base exceeding 6.1 million, logging more than 12.1 million games played. According to a release announcing the partnership, the company’s competitions and tournaments in the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL Pro League series attracted more than 100 million viewers over the past year who watched 9.5 billion-plus hours of programming through various platforms like live streaming video website Twitch.

The esports economy is projected to expand to US$1.1 billion in revenue by 2019 and entertain an audience of 345 million esports enthusiasts, according to games market research group Newzoo.

Peter Levin, Lionsgate’s president of interactive ventures and games, brought the opportunity to Pilgrim and helped organize the new content partnership.

Lionsgate acquired a majority stake in the Fast ‘n’ Loud producer last November.

“Our partnership with Craig Piligian¬†and relationship with ESL created the perfect opportunity to bring together the biggest esports promoter in the world and one of the most established and prolific unscripted production companies,” said Levin in a statement. “We see tremendous growth potential in esports as it becomes a major player in the gaming ecosystem, and we’re thrilled to bring esports to more fans on an expanding array of platforms.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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