German television broadcaster SPORT1 and video game developer Psyonix have extended its existing Rocket League partnership.
As a result, the 2021-22 Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) will be shown live on eSPORTS1 and eSportsONE in select European countries.
The year-long extension includes some European RLCS matches being shown on free-to-air television from 8PM CEST every Sunday. The 2021-22 season features the largest expansion in its history, with new regions, a larger prize pool, and a return to LAN competition.
The extension was brokered by sports management company IMG, which is no stranger to deals of this nature having been appointed by tournament organiser PGL to sell media rights for its events.
Alongside the RLCS, SPORT1 also broadcasts Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Mythic Dungeon, NBA 2K, and a number of CS:GO events hosted by ESL and DreamHack.
Moreover, in April 2021, the broadcaster announced it had expanded its existing deal with Activision Blizzard, granting exclusive TV rights to show the Overwatch League in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Live coverage of the Fall Split commences on October 22nd, with the opening Major tournament of the season scheduled to take place from December 8th-12th.
Esports Insider says: Rocket League esports continues to grow in popularity which may have been a factor in SPORT1 extending its deal with Psyonix for the 2021-22 RLCS season. Thanks to the extension, millions of fans across Europe will be able to follow the action across the broadcaster’s network of channels.