After announcing last week the creation of a Rocket League tournament with a prize pool of $100,000, NBC also announced that the tournament will be televised.
Rocket League Tournament
Where and When
The Rocket League tournament will begin with regional qualifying matches organized through the Faceit eSports platform, then later rounds will be aired live on the NBC Sports App.
On top of that, the Grand Finals, scheduled for next August 26-27, will be broadcast on NBCSN in the United States, and the Syfy channel in the UK, Germany, Australia, and Latin America.
Setting the Precedent
The Rocket League tournament will make for a good experiment to see if the eSports scene is mature enough to grow on revenues and attendance for these kind of events.
Josh Watson, Psyonix head of eSports and project developer, said that the game’s low barrier of entry is what makes the game so interesting for broadcasting and thus a good entry point for eSports events. “Rocket League is an easy-to-understand game, which makes it the perfect introduction to eSports for fans of all backgrounds and ages,” he stated in a press release.
Rocket League is currently available for PlayStation 4, XBox One and PC, and will be available soon for Nintendo Switch.