CBS may broadcast a Major League Gaming event on television this fall alongside CBS Interactive's streaming coverage, Forbes reports. Since the news first broke, however, MLG founder and CEO Sundance Giovanni has taken to Twitter to refute the claim, saying that it's "not a done deal" (see update below).
According to the original Forbes report, DiGiovanni said that after meeting with advertisers at E3, "there's a lot of interest in what we're doing," and as a result CBS will be broadcasting competitive video gaming, or eSports, to its widest audience yet. CBS Interactive has been working with some big name pro gamers for event coverage and CBS Interactive vice president Simon Whitcomb said that the company intends to cover new games with growing communities like Dota 2 and League of Legends. The competitive gaming scene is rapidly expanding through a combination of game developers adding features tailored for eSports to upcoming games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Halo 4, and support from advertisers that allows for greater coverage of these events.
Update: MLG founder and CEO Sundance Giovanni has taken to Twitter to clarify the Forbes report. He says that CBS and MLG are "exploring" the possibility of airing an event on the station, but that it is "not a done deal" and Forbes "jumped the gun."
Regarding MLG on TV - recent article jumped the gun. Not a done deal but definitly something that we are exploring.— Sundance DiGiovanni (@MLGSundance) June 10, 2012