We’ve seen over the last few years, more and more television networks show interests in eSports. ESPN2 has had multiple airings of Hearth of Stone tournaments, and just recently The CW aired an H1Z1 tournament. Announced this week, NBC Sports is becoming the latest network to join the eSports hype by broadcasting a Rocket League tournament. This August, NBCSN will air the grand finals of a two vs. two $100,00 prize pool Rocket League tournament.
This will be the first time Rocket League has ever been televised. The tournament will begin with regional online matches, with later rounds being broadcasted on NBC’s Sports App. Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures had this to say about bringing Rocket League to their network:
“We looked at lots of different games in lots of different genres. We ultimately landed on Rocket League for a number of reasons. Number one, it’s growing at a nice clip. We see its audiences are growing. Number two, we thought that it had some sports DNA to it, which would be a good fit for us and for our audience–our sports-loving audience. It’s obviously got this sort of soccer mash-up with with motorsports, which are sports that we cover extensively on NBC Sports Network.”
This Rocket League tournament will start on July 22nd with the Grand Finals airing on NBCSN in the United States on August 26th and 27th. The UK, Germany, Australia, and Latin America can watch the finals on the SyFy network.
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