ESPN will broadcast Evo's Street Fighter V tournament on live TV

Tournament registrations are already at a record high, as well.

Evolution (Evo) is one of the most notable fighting game tournaments anywhere in the world. Held over three days and multiple competitive stages in Las Vegas, in recent years it's brought in not just ever-higher attendance numbers but more media coverage as well -- and even celebrity appearances. And this year, for the first time, a real honest-to-goodness sports network will be broadcasting the tournament, live.

"The Street Fighter V World Championship will be one of the must-see competitions from the Evo finals," says John Lasker, vice president of programming at ESPN Digital Media. "We are always exploring ways to serve the growing and passionate audience of competitive gaming, and we look forward to delivering this exciting event to fans."

ESPN2 will broadcast the Street Fighter V finals on Sunday, July 17th, beginning at 7pm Pacific time (that's 10pm if you're on the East Coast). In anticipation of the broadcast, Capcom's released a 30 second commercial spot, which you can watch below.

Keep in mind that ESPN2 is only telecasting one of the finals, not the entire tournament. However, as per usual, all of Evo will be available for livestream viewing on Twitch, if you're in the mood to tune in.

(h/t Shoryuken.)