Next Generation Esports and Twitch have announced a partnership to produce a tournament of Rocket League, Psyonix’s sports-action “football with rocket-cars” breakout hit.
They are going to do weekly broadcasts of the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) to Twitch community members all over the world.
Each broadcast will be streamed from a soundstage at NGE studios in Burbank, CA, with all the storyline-enhancing flair and state-of-the-art production values that a top-notch sports game like Rocket League deserves.
Justin Dellario, Senior Esports Program Manager at Twitch, singled out Rocket League as “a game with a vibrant community and unparalleled competitive potential,” citing via press release the “overwhelming [positive] response” of players as a factor. “We chose NGE as our production partner because they deliver a high level of entertainment and competition for both players and spectators. We know fans will love what they see.”
Andy Vander Woude, CEO of NGE, characterized the partnership between NGE and Twitch as a effort on the part of “eSports veterans [at NGE] whose goal is to find the most ambitious esports partners and elevate their leagues to the next level of production, engagement, and competition… [NGE is] excited to further Twitch’s commitment to Rocket League as a game and community, and innovate the player and spectator experience to fit the unique game Psyonix has built.”
The RLCS is shaping up to be a spectacular eSports event with a total prize pool of $75,000 USD. In its first week of qualifiers alone, the RLCS has attracted 300,000 viewers. The RLCS will host competitors from Europe and North America and it is expected to last three months. Four teams of finalists will compete in the International Finals, a separate live event to be produced by NGE.