100 Hours of Universal Open Rocket League to be Broadcast on YouTube, Twitch
An estimated 100 hours of cars-playing-soccer is set to air on the two most popular streaming networks this summer. NBC Sports announced plans to live stream the Universal Open Rocket League on both Twitch and YouTube. The tournament boasts a $100,000 prize pool.
Rocket League players of all skill levels will be driving around the field in the epic two-versus-two tournament series. Presented in partnership with the esports organizer FACEIT, the tournament will broadcast on FACEIT’s Twitch channel, and on an entirely new YouTube channel created just for the tournament.
Rocket League is an esport that truly unites things that would not otherwise go together. Though YouTube and Twitch are typically rivals, the two streaming networks have agreed to simultaneously air competing streams of the same content, forgoing their typical exclusivity deals.
According to Rob Simmelkjaer, vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, the streaming deals are a reflection of their goal to “super-serve the esports ecosystem.” The coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, along with linear coverage on NBCSN.
NBC could be on to something with their widespread streaming plan. Often called “the most watchable esport” by fans for its easy-to-follow format, clear visuals, and bright schematics; Rocket League has the potential to capture a large audience. The first step to attracting that audience is getting the game out in front of them.
Qualifiers for the tournament will run throughout July and into early August. The three-day grand final of the tournament is scheduled to run August 24-26.