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NBCU to launch eSports tournament

Coverage of the Grand Finals will be broadcast on Syfy UK and Syfy Germany

NBCUniversal channels Syfy UK and Syfy Germany are to broadcast the company’s first eSports tournament.

NBC Sports Group is launching what it calls the “first-ever 2v2 international Rocket League tournament” using the FACEIT gaming platform. The tournament will offer competitors a $100,000 prize pool.

Regional finals will be live-streamed in the US on the NBC Sports app and Telemundo En Vivo app on August 5-6th and August 12-13th.

The Grand Finals, with 16 teams, take place August 26-27th and will also air on Syfy in the UK, Germany, Australia and “multiple countries across Latin America.”

VoD content from the finals will appear on digital and social channels for NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes, FACEIT and Rocket League.

“It all begins with NBC Sports Regional Networks, allowing us to super-serve eSports fans the same way we serve traditional sports fans,” said NBC Sports Ventures SVP Rob Simmelkjaer.

“We are also excited to be adding Telemundo Deportes, given that the growing Spanish-language audience is an engaged, committed group of gamers. Further, there will be an international component with the broadcast of the Grand Finals on Syfy in the UK, Germany, Australia and multiple countries across Latin America.”