YouTube and Twitch are set to livestream the Universal Open Rocket League, an annual tournament ran by NBC Sports Group and FACEIT.
The tournament has a $100,000 prize pool and will see Rocket League players of varying skill levels compete in a two-versus-two format.
It’s said that almost 100 hours of content from the Universal Open Rocket League will be broadcast live on both YouTube and Twitch – two platforms that are typically considered competitors. A new YouTube channel has been made specifically for the event, while the event will be streamed on FACEIT’s Twitch channel.
Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures said the following in a statement: “Our goal with Universal Open Rocket League is to reach as many fans in the Rocket League and esports communities as possible. Our live streams on Twitch and YouTube, aligned with streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, plus linear coverage on NBCSN, allow us to super-serve the esports ecosystem with comprehensive coverage of Universal Open Rocket League.”
Following a bunch of qualifiers that take place throughout July and the early parts of August, the Universal Open Rocket League will wrap up with a three-day grand final on August 24-26th. Iced tea brand Brisk will act as the presenting sponsor of the tournament. The two aforementioned platforms aren’t the only place coverage will be held for the Universal Open; NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will also broadcast the regional finals and the grand final.
Esports Insider says: This is quite a unique event – considering it has two-man teams and all skill levels being involved – so having coverage on the two big video and livestream platforms is a good move for exposure.