Rocket League is easily one of the most popular games on the market right now. With millions of players from all over the world, the sports-racing hybrid indie game has attracted a lot of attention over the past two years it’s been on the market. Rocket League is also very big on the eSports scene with regular tournaments taking place. Speaking of which, the next big one is going to be televised for the very first time.
Psyonix, the studio behind the game, has partnered up with broadcast giant NBC for an upcoming two vs. two Rocket League to be televised worldwide in August. With a cash prize of $100,000, the match is definitely set to be intense. The qualifying matches can be viewed via the NBC Sports App. The final matches go down on August 26th-27th and will be broadcasted on the NBCSN network over in the USA. Viewers in Latin America, the UK, Germany and Australia can tune in via the Syfy channel.
NBC Sports’ Senior Vice President, Rob Simmelkjaer, had this to say to Mashable about airing Rocket League on the network:
“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.”
This is definitely a big move for Rocket League, but also gaming in general. As the eSports scene continues to grow at a rapid rate, gaming as a whole may finally start to be taken more seriously as a true entertainment medium.
Rocket League is available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It will also be coming to Nintendo Switch later this year.