BBC Sport, ESPN may be shying away from its esports coverage, but that doesn’t mean other sports outlets are. The upcoming Rocket League tournament is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC Sport, marking the first esports broadcast on the channel in 2021.
The first Rocket League tournament of the year, the Rocket League Championship Series X, will launch live on Saturday, January 9th. Players will be able to watch the tournament on BBC Sport online, the BBC Sport app, and BBC iPlayer. It wouldn’t be the first time the BBC has awarded a place to the Rocket League tournaments. In 2020, the channel aired the game’s European Spring series.
Having been the first tournament to air on BBC this year, RLCS X is also changing the way fans watch and interact with Rocket League. According to a press release, the tournament will move away from the League Play format and semi-annual seasons. Instead, RLCS X would be a lot more open with an event-based circuit. This circuit will end with the Rocket League World Championship. Last year’s championship match was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with developer Psyonix pumping an additional $ 250,000 into the prize pool. The current prize pool for this year’s Rocket League World Series is $ 1 million.
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As of now, there aren’t many words about the teams that will be competing in the RLCS X matches scheduled to be broadcast. Currently, RLCS X Winter Split will feature Guild Esports, a team owned by famous former football player David Beckham. Other confirmed teams include Team Singularity and Wolves Esports.
The show will be live on Saturday 9 January and Sunday 10 January starting at 3:30 PM. Once again, the matches will be streamed on the BBC Sport website and app, along with BBC iPlayer.