Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, will present exclusive coverage of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017, an annual esports competition to crown the best EA SPORTS™ FIFA player in the world, taking place August 16-18 live from London. Telemundo Deportes will carry the full three-day competition live, in English and Spanish, across its digital platforms including the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app, and its Facebook page and YouTube channel. In addition, the Final Showdown to crown the winner will air live on Universo August 18 at 11:30 a.m. ET.
“Adding the FIFA Interactive World Cup to our portfolio of content represents a unique opportunity to continue growing our sports digital offerings while attracting a new generation of multicultural audiences,” said Ray Warren, President of Telemundo Deportes. “Hispanics are among the most engaged esports viewers and we are thrilled to bring them one of the most popular tournaments in the video gaming space.”
Live coverage kicked off today with the Group Stage and continues tomorrow, August, 17 at 7 a.m. ET with the Quarterfinals and Semi-finals, live across Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms. The Final Showdown takes place Friday, August 18 beginning with a preview studio show at 11:30 a.m. live on Universo and digital platforms. Telemundo Deportes’ sports anchor and co-host of “Titulares y Más” Karim Mendiburu will call the Finals Showdown alongside sports journalist Alejandro Pérez.
Since 2010, the FIFA Interactive World Cup has been officially recognized by the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition as the biggest gaming tournament featuring participants form around the globe. This is the 13th edition of the FIFA Interactive World Cup and the first time ever that all rounds of the tournament will be streamed on both English and Spanish in the U.S.
This month, Telemundo Deportes is also offering exclusive Spanish-language coverage of NBC Sports Group and FACEIT’s Universal Open Rocket League esports tournament, a 2v2 competition featuring Rocket League video game. This is the first event of its kind to be covered in Spanish-language for the U.S. audience. The Grand Finals will be streamed live on the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app on August 26-27. The culmination of the tournament will feature 16 total teams competing for the inaugural title and a $100,000 prize pool.