The World Series of Video Games has announced a renewal to its television coverage deal with CBS, resulting in four hour-long specials to air throughout 2007 as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular block on weekend afternoons.
Whereas the bulk of last year’s coverage aired on CBS-owned College Sports Television, the action in 2007 will air exclusively on The Eye, and will again be hosted by CSTV’s Greg Amsinger.
In addition to basking in the brighter spotlight of network television, this year’s competition will also feature bigger games. While the First Person Shooters of traditional gaming tourneys will still be featured, the Calls of Duty and Gears of War will be joined by the blockbuster likes of Guitar Hero II, Fight Night Round 3, and… World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (?!?!)
So on top of all the headshots, you’ll also see plenty of blistering fret board pyrotechnics, jaw-shattering knock outs, and… umm… wizard battles(?) To tell the truth, we’re not really sure how WoW lends itself to a tournament setting, but we’re certain it makes perfect sense and is in no way a contrived marketing scheme by the fine people at Blizzard.
TheFeed has not yet received word on whether Guitar Hero fan Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers will be entering the competition, but we sure hope so. We think it would it be absolutely delightful if the game contributed to him losing another World Series.
Variety: CBS Sports gets vidgame specials