BURBANK, Calif., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Generation Esports (NGE) and Twitch, the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers, today announced a partnership to produce Psyonix's Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS). Twitch manages operations and is the exclusive broadcasting platform for the RLCS, while working alongside Rocket League's publisher/developer, Psyonix, to build the community and infrastructure to foster long-term growth of their critically-acclaimed game. NGE will provide the backbone of live production for each weekly RLCS broadcast, streamed directly from NGE studios in Burbank, CA.
"As we've seen by the overwhelming response, Rocket League is a game with a vibrant community and unparalleled competitive potential," said Justin Dellario, Senior Esports Program Manager, Twitch. "We chose NGE as our production partner because they deliver a high level of entertainment and competition for both players and spectators. We know fans will love what they see."
"Next Generation Esports was built by a team of esports veterans whose goal is to find the most ambitious esports partners and elevate their leagues to the next level of production, engagement, and competition," said Andy Vander Woude, CEO, NGE. "We're excited to further Twitch's commitment to Rocket League as a game and community, and innovate the player and spectator experience to fit the unique game Psyonix has built."
The RLCS is the official competitive league for Psyonix's award-winning sports-action title with the first week of qualifiers attracting over 300,000 viewers. The RLCS broadcasts will span three months and feature teams from all over North America and Europe with a total prize pool of $75,000 USD. The top four teams in each region will be invited to compete at a live International Finals event produced by NGE.
NGE's partnership with Twitch equips the RLCS with a truly unique Rocket League Championship esports soundstage, state-of-the-art broadcast production capabilities, and a production team with deep gaming expertise. To accompany each weekly broadcast, NGE will provide storyline-enhancing show graphics, live replay functionality, and ongoing production innovations.
All playoff tournaments will be broadcast exclusively on Twitch.tv/RocketLeague.
For more information, visit the official Rocket League Championship Series site at http://www.RocketLeagueEsports.com.
Twitch is the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.7 million broadcasters. Twitch's video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. For more information about Twitch, visit the official website and blog.
About Next Generation Esports
Next Generation Esports (NGE) is the premier independent esports production company. Founded in 2014 with headquarters in Los Angeles, NGE elevates the next generation of competitive video game franchises through A-to-Z professional league operations, amateur tournaments, live events, and original content built for each game's unique audience. NGE's rapidly growing team of pro esports players, video game business executives, and industry-leading gaming content creators allows it to reach publishers, developers, and brands to unify video game fans as spectators, competitors, and community. Learn more at nge.io
About Rocket League™
Winner or nominee of more than 100 game of the year awards, Rocket League is one of the most critically-acclaimed sports games of a generation. Boasting a community of more than 15 million players, Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem that offers easy-to-understand controls and fluid, physics-driven competition. Available digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC 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. To learn more about Rocket League, please visit www.RocketLeagueGame.com, "Like" it on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter @RocketLeague for all the latest developer updates and news.
Based in San Diego, CA, Psyonix is a critically-acclaimed independent video game developer and leading experts in Unreal Engine technology. For more than a decade, 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. For more information, visit www.psyonix.com.
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