The BBC has recently increased its efforts to broadcast more top-tier esports coverage through BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer, diving into League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League.
Its latest esports commitment will see the latter receive even more coverage from the broadcasting giant, as action from the European division of the Rocket League Championship Series X will now be shown on BBC Sport. According to a press release, this weekend’s RLCS X Winter Split EU action will be available on BBC Sport streaming services, and that there are plans to also show next weekend’s action too.
With the tail end of 2020 acting as something of a trial period for esports coverage on the BBC, it seems as if it is happy with the returns and will continue adding more esports competitions as 2021 rolls on. With Rocket League often dubbed as the perfect entry-level esport for new viewers, the BBC’s decision to pick up more car-football action is not surprising.
The BBC first ran Rocket League coverage in May 2020, when the majority of traditional sports competitions were still postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Not only has RLCS X coverage now been confirmed for this month, but BBC Sport will also show the BLAST Premier Global Final on January 19 as well. Eight of the best CS:GO teams from Europe, North America, and South America, including Astralis, Team Vitality, and Team Liquid, will be battling for a $1 million prize pot.