Psyonix, the developers of the hit game Rocket league, have announced major changes to the 2021-22 Rocket League Championship Series. Not only are the expanding the series to include more regions from around the globe, but they are also dramatically increasing the prize pool for the event.
The Rocket League Championship Series is the official esports event for Rocket League. Until now, the only regions that were able to take part in it were the North American, South American, European, and the Oceania regions. Now, they are expanding the regions to encompass almost the entire globe.
They are adding three new regions to the event, Asia-Pacific North, Asia-Pacific South, and the Middle East & North Africa. They have also made a commitment to the Sub-Saharan Africa region. This region will not yet be a full participant in the series, but they will be supporting them in their efforts to hold regional events. To that effect, they have opened two places at their Rocket League World Championship Wildcard for the top two teams from that region.
The Rocket League World Championship Wildcard is another major change in the Championship Series. Psyonix wanted to overhaul the finals to account for the new teams and regions that will be included in the event.
To that end, they have split the finals into two separate events. The first is the Wildcard and the second is The Main Event. The Main Event will see 16 teams compete to be named the top Rocket League team. Eight teams from the regular series will auto-qualify for the Main Event. These will be the top eight teams by points across all three Majors. The remaining eight teams will come from the Wildcard event.
The Wildcard event will the remaining top 16 teams from the regions compete for a chance to gain entry to the Main Event. The seeding is as follows:
The top eight teams from the Wildcard event will qualify for the Main Event.
The first thought on many folks’ minds would be the chance to see these events in person. Like most esports event over the past couple of years, we haven’t got many chances to see a game live. Psyonix are planning a return to in-person LAN events sometime soon.
At the earliest, they believe that they can have a LAN event ready for the Fall Major in Stockholm, Sweden. However, they are still marketing this as a player only event. That means that the teams will be able to play in person, but they will not be allowing any audience.
Don’t expect ticketed events any time soon. According to their announcement: “We want to get fans back into arenas with their favourite players and we miss hearing the crowd go wild during clutch plays, but we won't be able to re-evaluate that option until 2022.”
Honestly, this is a good thing for the ongoing health of the event. If they manage to keep everything under control, we could be heading back to events in 2022.