Ever since the dawn of mass multiplayer gaming, Esports has been around and has been growing at an exponential rate. The crowds that would gather for these events would rival that of any conventional sporting event and that’s even with a pandemic curbing these events. Through Twitch and online gaming events, the phenomenon has continued to thrive. So it’s hardly a surprise that the BBC have gone out and nabbed to broadcasting rights for the Rocket League Championships and will be broadcasting the event live on BBC Sport.(Get Rocket League Ultimate Edition here)
This decision comes off the back of US broadcasting companies such as ESPN stepping back from Esports content, allowing networks like the BBC to swoop in and grab some valuable gaming assets for themselves. This championship will see a rollover of the prize fund from last year’s cancelled event and players will be battling it out this time for a grand prize of one million dollars, $750,000 more than last year’s event.
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The tenth iteration of the Rocket League Championships is already in full swing with the event running in an ‘open circuit’ format. Which means the event runs in a three-way split between different regions, all building up to an international major set to take place this year. We are fast approaching the ‘main event’ matches with some of the finest teams on the circuit currently battling it out.(fancy some real-life Rocket League yourself? then Get this Rocket League Hot Wheels RC Rivals Set)
We are still unaware which teams will feature in the matches shown by the BBC. However, many believe that it is likely to feature ‘Guild Esports‘, a team co-owned by none other than Premier League and English Soccer hero, David Beckham. Perhaps the BBC are trying to offer British viewers an opportunity to see the former Galacticos team in action here.
The games broadcast on the BBC will take place on Saturday, January 9th and Sunday, January 10th, with both events beginning at 3:30 pm GMT. These matches will be available via the BBC Sports website and the BBC Iplayer, so be sure to tune in if you want to see some super acrobatic rocket-propelled battle car action. (Get Rocket League Ultimate Edition here)
So that’s our news regarding the BBC opting to showcase some esports content. What do you think of their decision? Do you think this is something that they should heavily invest in? What other games would you like to see shown on the BBC? Let us know in the comments section below. Plus, if you liked this, then why not check out our PC gaming showcase. Or alternatively, our news regarding Microsoft’s attempted takeover of Nintendo.