Amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, stay sports activities are on maintain all over the world, and followers of athletic competitors are going mad with boredom. While loads of stay esports occasions have been cancelled, too, gaming has the benefit of permitting on-line competitors – and TV networks have taken discover. After a profitable televised occasion, NASCAR esports is increasing big-time on conventional tv.
The first – oh god this title is an excessive amount of – eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series occasion on Fox Sports this previous Sunday drew over 900,000 viewers this previous Sunday. As ShowBuzzDaily reveals, that’s properly behind many different cable applications, however it’s a record-setting quantity for esports. As NBC Sports notes, that’s the largest conventional TV viewership for any esports occasion – ever.
Now, Fox has dedicated to airing the total NASCAR iRacing season on Fox Sports, and can present lots of the occasions on the primary Fox broadcast community. The iRacing occasion featured various actual drivers in competitors, and occurred on the digital model of the Homestead-Miami Speedway, which was set to be the positioning of the weekend’s now-postponed real-life race.
The subsequent occasion will broadcast Sunday, March 29 at 10:00 PDT / 13:00 EDT / 18:00 BST at a digital Texas Motor Speedway – as soon as once more, the positioning of the weekend’s cancelled real-life occasion.
“Fox Sports iRacing was the most-watched telecast on FS1 for the reason that pandemic-induced sports activities shutdown started on March 12,” the broadcaster says in a press release, “and Sunday’s most-watched sports activities telecast on cable tv, in addition to ranks because the highest-rated esports TV program in historical past.”
There are actually some huge caveats to these data – it’s not like there’s a lot in the best way of televised sports activities to compete towards proper now – however it seems like the times of old-school sports activities followers complaining about watching multiplayer video games on TV may lastly be numbered.