The BBC televised a Rocket League eSports tournament11th May 2020
The British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) recently televised a live Rocket League eSports tournament.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in sporting competitions worldwide being halted.
While traditional sports cannot be played, so as to adhere to social distancing rules, most video game tournaments have gone ahead as planned.
There are exceptions to this, such as the cancellation of the Fortnite World Cup 2020.
However, the ones that do not require participants to be physically present have largely been unaffected.
Some games have hosted eSports tournaments to fill the void left by the absence of football and other sports.
FIFA 20 recently conducted several of its own, with representatives from Premier League clubs vying to be the winners.
Similarly, Formula 1 drivers have also taken to F1 2019 to provide entertainment for racing enthusiasts.
It is undeniable that the eSports industry has grown tremendously, and now it would seem the BBC is taking an interest.
Rocket League is a similar to football, except the players compete in vehicles. It is incredibly popular and there are multiple competitions hosted each year.
While the ‘Season 9 World Championship’ was cancelled due to COVID-19, the ‘Spring Series’ replaced it.
The event consisted of four regional tournaments for the best teams in the world to compete.
The European segment was then televised by the BBC between May 9-10, 2020.
It is not yet clear if it was a success for the broadcaster, but given the mass popularity of eSports, it is likely more will be shown in the future.
At the same time, it may have been no more than an experiment to test the waters while traditional sports cannot be televised.
In any event, fans of eSports will be pleased to see major broadcasters like the BBC taking the industry more seriously.
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