Love Rocket League? Now you can play it professionally
Rocket League is officially an esport. Developer Psyonix announced today that it is partnering with foremost streaming service Twitch to bring viewers the first ever Rocket League Championship Series, with registration opening later this month.
"Twitch and its streamers have been an instrumental part of our success since we launched last July," Psyonix vice president Jeremy Dunham said in a statement. "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!"
For the uninitiated, Rocket League is a competitive game in which two teams square off in jet-assisted buggies, pushing a giant ball toward one or the other's respective goals. It's garnered a hell of a fan following, in part because it just looks so ridiculous you can't stop watching -- which makes it an ideal spectator sport.
The inaugural Rocket League Championship Series will be conducted over three months in a series of qualifiers, leading up to a set of livestreamed playoffs on Twitch. Teams which make it through the qualifying rounds will each receive $10,000, and the championship winners will receive an ultimate prize pool of $55,000... as well as the bragging rights to say you won the first ever major cash prize tourney for a car soccer videogame, of course.
It remains to be seen whether competitive Rocket League is an esport with serious legs to it, though as a non-MOBA entrant to the genre I can't help but support it. As appealing as many find the likes of League of Legends or Dota 2, they can be unintelligible to outsiders who haven't invested a great deal of time in the games themselves, whereas rocket cars shoving a giant ball around? That's pretty easy to get. I'll be tuning in, at any rate.
If you're interested in signing up for the RLCS, or just want to learn more, swing on over to the official website. And keep an ear out for more from this game in the coming weeks and months -- it could get pretty major.
Kris Ligman is the News Editor of ZAM. They are still waiting for someone to make an esports anime. Find them on Twitter at @KrisLigman.