Rocket League [official site] and Esports may seem like a match made in heaven, yet, somewhat surprisingly, the ball-cage-cars ’em up has gone without an official competitive league since launch last July. Enter the inaugural Rocket League Championship Series, which will see players compete for the first ever Rocket League Championship title and a prize pool of $75,000 (£53 grand).
Whereas other esports organisations have dipped their toes into Rocket League’s waters in the past, such as the MLG, these tournaments have been much smaller in scale with less impressive prize pools. The RLCS, a partnership between developers Psyonix and livestreaming service Twitch, will run over three months with two qualifiers lasting one month each. Winners of these rounds stand to net $10,000 and a place in the live international finals, where the rest of the cash will be up for grabs. Surplus to our PC chums, PS4 players will also be vying for prizes while “additional platform support” will be announced at a later date. Registration kicks off on March 25, when any team of three can enter. If that’s you, best of luck!
Here’s Psyonix’s Jeremy Dunham on the announcement:
“From the moment we hit the pitch last July, we knew that Rocket League was a legitimate Esport. Twitch and its streamers have been an instrumental part of our success since we launched, and that made them a perfect match for us. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with a team that we respect as highly as we do Twitch, and we can’t wait to show the world what we can do in esports together!”
A “teaser” trailer snuck out alongside the reveal, which doesn’t really tease much at all:
The trophy looks nice, mind. When the time comes, all matches will be streamed exclusively via the Rocket League Twitch channel.