Following a trend it started by airing the Rocket League European Spring Series, BBC will continue to meet the demand for esports coverage. Following this past weekend’s broadcasting of the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS X), the British Broadcasting Corporation plans to continue to airing esports competitions across its app, iplayer and BBC Sport’s online platforms.
On Jan. 9, this past Saturday, the Rocket League Championship Series had its third North American Regional Split. On the 16th and 17th of this month, this upcoming weekend, the championship will have its third EU Regional Event, which BBC also plans on broadcasting. According to an article from The Esports Insider, BBC won’t be limiting its esports coverage to the popular Psyonix-produced tournament. In fact, later this month it will broadcast the CS:GO BLAST Premier Global Final on BBC iPlayer as well as airing a series focused on EXCEL Esports.
Aside from being the oldest national broadcaster in the world, based on the number of employees, BBC is also the largest broadcaster in the world. The fact that such an enshrined media establishment would commit to esports is one more sign that industry is truly gaining the recognition and regard it deserves from the old guard.
According to this article from Forbes.com, “Over 140,000 concurrent viewers tuned into week one of the RLCS North American region league play,” this past week, and “Rocket League recently hit 100 million total views on Twitch.” As a growing esport, BBC committing to broadcasting the championship series is a testament to its potential. Though, considering the popularity of soccer in the UK and across the world, it should be no surprise that the broadcaster would recognize the viewer appeal.
The fact that David Beckham-owned Guild Esports is a major contender is sure to add to the appeal for UK-based fans. Furthermore, competing alongside Guild Esports is Wolves eSports, the gaming branch of the Wolverhampton Wanderers, a popular soccer team from the British Premier League. These names have established fan bases that are sure to tune in to BBC’s esports programming, making the decision for BBC to lean into esports programming a wise one, to say the least.