Rocket League Jumping On To NBC
Over the course of the last few years Esports has been gaining more popularity steadily, and recently NBC has decided to dip their toes in the water. The network has announced that it will be broadcasting a Rocket League tournament, which is the first time the weird version of soccer has been televised.
In a press release earlier yesterday, Psyonix gave details on its partnership with NBC and it’s Sports centre. The network will be broadcasting a two vs. two tournament with a $100,000 as the prize pool. The qualifying matches will be held through a different platform, while the later rounds will be published on the NBC sports App.
The finals will take place August 26-27th, broadcasted on the NBCSN network in the United States and the Syfy channel in the UK, Germany, Australia and Latin America.
Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports, has stated that the network has confidence that Rocket League will be well received due to it be so close to a modern day sport currently. He went on to tell Mashable that “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.” Josh Watson, Psyonix’s head of esports, went on to state that the fact that Rocket League being so easy to understand makes it the perfect fit for those just starting an interest in eSports.
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