FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF UNIVERSAL OPEN ROCKET LEAGUE ESPORTS TOURNAMENT GRAND FINALS THIS WEEKEND ON NBCSN
World’s Best Rocket League Players Compete for $100,000 Prize Pool Live on NBCSN at Esports Arena in Santa Ana, Calif.
NBCSN’s Coverage Airs Saturday at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Live Streaming Coverage on NBCSports.com and NBC Sports App, Telemundo en Vivo, and Twitch Begins Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
Syfy to Televise Universal Open Rocket League Grand Finals in Australia, Germany, Latin America, and the U.K.
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 23, 2017 – NBC Sports Group and FACEIT’s Universal Open Rocket League esports tournament culminates with live coverage of the Grand Finals this Saturday and Sunday on NBCSN, as the world’s best Rocket League players will compete at Esports Arena in Santa Ana, Calif., for a $100,000 prize pool.
Universal Open Rocket League is a 2v2 tournament featuring Rocket League, the sports-action hit with a community of more than 35 million players, developed and published by San Diego-based game studio, Psyonix. The tournament utilizes FACEIT’s competitive gaming platform, and numerous NBCUniversal and Comcast regional, national and international assets.
The tournament began with Qualifiers organized geographically by the NBC Sports Regional Networks, as well as a U.S. Open Qualifier. NBC Sports Regional Networks hosted four Regional round competitions, in addition to a U.S. Open Regional and a European Invitational hosted on FACEIT.
Below are the 16 teams that will compete in the Grand Finals.
- Grand Finals Bracket 1 – G2 eSports, Ambition eSports, Incognit0, and Gale Force eSports
- Grand Finals Bracket 2 – DapG, Fibeon, Wabi-Sabi, and Mockit eSports
- Grand Finals Bracket 3 – Cloud9, Splyce, Renegades, and FlipSid3 Tactics
- Grand Finals Bracket 4 – SizzleUrCob, G2 Omega, Ghost, and Method
NBCSN will televise live coverage of the Day 1 of the Grand Finals on Saturday night at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, followed by Day 2 of the Grand Finals on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
In addition to NBCSN’s live coverage, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, Telemundo en Vivo, and Twitch, will provide live streaming coverage of the Grand Finals, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. In addition, Syfy will televise coverage internationally in Australia, Germany, Latin America, and the United Kingdom.
Kevin Knocke will host coverage of the Universal Open Rocket League Grand Finals. He will be joined by casters WavePunk (Caleb Simmons), Corelli (Jack Collier), and JorbyPls (Joey Ahrens), as well as analysts Quinn Lobdell (Michael Behrouzi) and Jamesbot (James Villar), and reporter AxelToss (Alex Rodriguez).
|Sat., August 26||Universal Open Rocket League Grand Finals – Day 1||7 p.m.||Streaming*|
|Universal Open Rocket League Grand Finals – Day 1||12 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., August 27||Universal Open Rocket League Grand Finals – Day 2||4:30 p.m.||Streaming*|
|Universal Open Rocket League Grand Finals – Day 2||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
*NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, Telemundo en Vivo, and Twitch
ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.
FACEIT is the leading competitive platform for online multiplayer games, with more than 7 million users competing in over 12 million online game sessions each month. FACEIT allows players to easily play in tournaments and leagues for virtual and real-world prizes through automated tournament management and matchmaking technology. For developers, FACEIT’s advanced software development kit (SDK) allows game creators to easily integrate user-friendly competitions into their titles to allow gamers to organize and take part in online games at all skill levels. esports organizers, players and communities use FACEIT to create and manage online competitions. For more information on FACEIT, please visit www.faceit.com.
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Based in San Diego, CA, Psyonix is a critically-acclaimed independent video game developer and leading experts in Unreal Engine technology. For more than 15 years, the studio has been a driving force behind some of the most successful games in the industry, including Gears of War, Mass Effect 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Bulletstorm, Unreal Tournament III, Unreal Tournament 2004, and the award-winning Sports-Action hit, Rocket League®.
ABOUT ROCKET LEAGUE®
Winner or nominee of more than 150 “Game of the Year” awards, Rocket League is one of the most critically-acclaimed sports games of our generation. Boasting a community of more than 35 million players, Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem with easy-to-understand controls and fluid, physics-driven competition. Available digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC, Mac, and SteamOS via Steam, Rocket League includes more than 100 billion possible customization combinations, a fully-featured offline season mode, multiple game types, casual and competitive online matches, and special “Mutators” that let you change the rules entirely.
Rocket League, Psyonix, and all related marks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Psyonix Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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