We’ve always said Rocket League is a great newcomer to the esports world, and one that more people ought to be getting involved with. It was even one of our esports to watch out for in 2017.
Well, it seems we’re not the only ones, and now Rocket League is about to grow on a massive scale thanks to a $2.5 million investment, developer Psyonix has announced.
Psyonix is looking to invest the huge amount into all aspects of Rocket League esports, from bolstering the newly announced Season 3 of the Rocket League Championship Series or having a greater presence at gaming conventions like PAX and SXSW
The ideology behind it,.says Psyonix, is to be inclusive to the entire spectrum of the community of Rocket League players, making its community-funded investment become part of “a group of friends competing over the weekend or the absolute best in the world vying for the RCLS World Championship.”
In specific detail, this means $1 million will be made available in prize funds, with $300,000 of that going directly to the RCLS – a boost of $50,000 from Season 2’s prize pool.
Support for expanded weekly tournaments was also a key point for this investment, an important improvement since it was often hard for fans to keep track of what was going on in the world of Rocket League esports – and, as a relative aside, the Rocket League esports website hub will also be getting an overall, phew.
The rest of the prize pool will be used to host competitive tournaments at the likes of the aforementioned PAX and SXSW, as well as major competitive gaming festivals. None were specified in the latter case, but we can assume the likes of DreamHack may well be playing host to a Rocket League tournament soon.
Psyonix also wants to bolster community-run events, and while no specifics were given it did suggest this would mean supporting community-run tournaments to help foster a grassroots RL competitive scene in addition to creating a collegiate program for competing students.
Other additions include Xbox-based tournaments, a weekly talk show on Twitch for everything to do with the Rocket League Championship Series, charity tournaments and even new esport-focused features being added to the game.
In other words, Rocket League esports is gearing up to become a big deal in 2017.
And with Psyonix announcing the upcoming Rocket League Championship Series Season 3, beginning with the qualifier finale on 11 March 2017, there’s never been a better time to get excited about Rocket League.