Comcast's NBC Sports jumps on Spanish-language esports bandwagon

Per the recent agreement, NBC Sports will televise Rocket League tournaments starting with the first-ever $100,000 2v2 worldwide Rocket League tournament.

"Our Rocket League esports ecosystem is thriving and we are excited to expand to the NBC Sports audience", said Josh Watson, head of esports at Psyonix, in a press release.

Sports Group has announced that it is pairing up with FACEIT and Psyonix to create a new 2v2 Rocket League Tournament, the first of its kind.

The deal, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, calls for NBC Sports to devote more than 40 hours of event coverage across live-streaming, video-on-demand and linear platforms, according to the company. The tournament will conclude with the Grand Finals on August 26-27, where 16 teams will battle it out to attempt to win a $100,000 prize pool.

Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, said that esports had become "tough to ignore" when examining potential new broadcasting opportunities.

Sports Group will broadcast the tournament across all eight of its regional networks - such as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet New York - as well as in Europe and Telemundo Deportes, NBC's Spanish-language sports channel.

"We ultimately landed on Rocket League for a number of reasons". "Rocket League is an easy-to-understand game, which makes it the ideal introduction to esports for fans of all backgrounds and ages", he stated in a press release.

Esports Insider says: Big and exciting moves from NBC as they bring 2v2 Rocket League to television.

"I think that we are going to look to make this our foundation as we build a house, and we'll add on more, whether its expanding this format to other games and other times, or whether it's also branching off into other formats". The tourney kicks off next month, and we're bound to see some awesome plays out of it as a result.

  • Salvatore Jensen