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NBC Sports Jumps Into Esports Arena

NBC Sports Jumps Into Esports Arena

Sports beginning July 22 will utilize its eight regional sports networks, Telemundo Deportes and NBCU International to run regional qualifiers of the 2x2 International Rocket League tournament across the nation and in Europe.

The puzzling aspect here isn't that NBC have chosen to get onboard, but more that they've chose to get on board with Rocket League.

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. Some NBC Sports Regional Networks will air the final hour of coverage from each of the Regional Finals. Sixteen teams will compete in the finals for the prize pool of $100,000.

In addition, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, Rob Simmelkjaer, also confirmed that Television Deportes will also reach out to a Spanish audience with the forthcoming tournament, and SyFy will take care of other global audiences.

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"It all begins with NBC Sports Regional Networks, allowing us to super-serve eSports fans the same way we serve traditional sports fans", says NBC Sports Ventures SVP Rob Simmelkjaer.

NBC will livestream as well as broadcast the Grand Finals from August 26 and August 27 in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Germany, and across Latin America. We are also excited to be adding Telemundo Deportes, given that the growing Spanish-language audience is an engaged, committed group of gamers.

If there's any game that can push eSports into a wider audience, it's Rocket League. And you thought you were good at Rocket League... 2v2 is different, so it'll be interesting to see how the competitive play pans out compared to the more traditional gameplay we see in the RLCS. We're huge fans of Rocket League and feels the choice of title is great considering it's easy to understand yet still brings the hype of more "hardcore" esports titles.


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