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NBC Sports will reportedly broadcast $100000 Rocket League tournament this summer

NBC Sports will reportedly broadcast $100000 Rocket League tournament this summer”

"By combining traditional sports and esports expertise, we can create an exciting new viewing experience for sports fans, esports fans and all fans of competitive action".

Psyonix's Rocket League shot to the top of the charts in 2016 as one of the most popular games of the year, with over 25 million registered users at the start of 2017. Soon, it will be reaching an even larger audience when Tencent brings it to China.

Television networks have been gaining interest in esports for the past couple of years, and today NBC Sports became the latest network to jump on the trend. "We ultimately landed on Rocket League for a number of reasons".

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FaceIt will be providing the platform for NBC Sport's new tournament, utilizing its matchmaking technology and tournament management infrastructure.

Turner Sports has also thrown a heavy hand behind the production and broadcasting of esports with the creation of ELEAGUE.

Regional finals will be live-streamed on the NBC Sports app and Telemundo En Vivo app on August 5-6 and August 12-13.

VOD content from the finals will appear on digital and social channels for NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes, FACEIT and Rocket League. Further, there will be an worldwide component with the broadcast of the Grand Finals on Syfy in the UK, Germany, Australia and multiple countries across Latin America. The network will broadcast a two vs. two tournament with a $100,000 prize pool this summer.

According to Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, NBC is investing in the low millions, and said "esports has been something tough to ignore" with a reach of 85 million homes in the United States and a regional reach of half that amount.

"We looked at lots of different games in lots of different genres", he told Mashable. Get the news you can use.



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