Turner Broadcasting and talent management company IMG have announced that Rocket League has been added to their Eleague esports broadcast lineup.
“Eleague has been a leader in bringing esports to new audiences with its groundbreaking broadcasts,” said Rocket League developer Psyonix’s esports manager, Josh Watson. “We believe that Rocket League is a perfect fit for the Eleague audience and we are excited to work together with Turner Sports to deliver the world-class content that both Eleague and Rocket League fans have come to expect.”
This is potentially quite big for Rocket League developer Psyonix as this deal means that competitive Rocket League matches will be broadcasted on TBS as well as online platforms like YouTube and Twitch. The first Eleague Rocket League tournament will start on December 1, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. That tournament will continue across streaming platforms throughout that weekend.
The tournament itself will take place in Atlanta at Turner Studios. It will feature eight of the best Rocket League teams from across the world competing in a round-robin style opening round. The top two teams from each group of four will move on to a single-elimination playoff bracket. $150,000 in prize money will be distributed amongst the top-ranking teams, but it’s not yet clear how that money will be divided.
Additionally, TBS will air a three-part TV series called The ELEAGUE Cup: Rocket League. This series will focus on the tournament’s teams and players and should also help those unfamiliar with the game get caught up on just what Rocket League is and what makes it one of the more exciting eSports in the world. The first episode will air at 10 p.m. on December 1 and will continue during the following two Fridays.
Other games in the Eleague family include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Overwatch, and Injustice 2.
While Rocket League certainly doesn’t need the exposure to make them game profitable – the game has reportedly sold around 11 million copies and has generated $110 million in sales – this move may help the game’s competitive scene gain some necessary exposure. In any case, it should be fun to watch.