NBC has been the latest network to jump on the eSports train with the news that the network’s sports channel (NBC Sports) will broadcast a Rocket League tournament which will make it the first time that the supersonic acrobatic rocket-powered battle-cars will be televised.
“We looked at lots of different games in lots of different genres,” Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures told Mashable. “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,” he continued. “It’s obviously got this sort of soccer mash-up with with motorsports, which are sports that we cover extensively on NBC Sports Network.”
Psyonix’s head of esports, Josh Watson, also said that the game’s low barrier of entry makes it a good fit for the network. “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.
The partnership between Psyonix and NBC Sports Group details a 2-on-2 with a $100,000 prize on the line for this Summer, regional online qualifying matches organized through the Faceit eSports platform, then later rounds will be aired on the NBC Sports App. The Grand Finals will take place from August 26-27 and will be aired on NBCSN.