Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:12

RLCS Championship Sunday Preview

 

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It’s been two grueling days of Rocket League action at the RLCS at the MGM National Harbor in Washington D.C., and the matchups for Championship Sunday are set. Day one had its share of upsets and heartbreakers for NA hopefuls like G2, Cloud9 and NRG, but some of those teams bounced back in day two. Now the stage is set with a balanced bracket of EU and NA superstars.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 08:00

RLCS Season 4 World Championship Predictions

 

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Season 4 of the RLCS has been underway for a couple months now, and all the action has been leading to this. The RLCS World Championship will be held this weekend in Washington D.C. This is where the best of the best from North America, Europe and Oceania face off in the esport’s premiere event. The bracket is sure to have its share of nail biters and upsets over the three-day event.

 

Whether you’re tuning into the sport for the first time or a seasoned fan who never misses a major Rocket League event, here are my predictions of what to expect this weekend and give you a small glimpse into the history of each matchup. You can check out the full bracket at Smash.gg.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. - The Esports Arena was filled for the weekend of August 26, as fans of competitive “Rocket League” roared for their teams of choice. Bleachers of cheering gamers lined the four walls of the space, which surrounded the main stage in the center of the arena. On that stage, teams of two faced off for the glory of achieving first place in the inaugural Universal Open and a $100,000 payday.

 

The tournament, which was organized and run jointly by “Rocket League” developers Psyonix, NBC Sports and online competitive gaming organization FACEIT, was several months in the making. Nearly 5000 players competed to get to the Grand Finals in Santa Ana. The competition was down to 16 teams for championship weekend.

 

The sold-out crowd in attendance and hundreds of thousands of people watching online and on TV witnessed comebacks, nail biters, blowouts, heartbreak and elation from the dozens of games that took place on the main stage. The weekend was a celebration of “Rocket League” and the competition that comes with it.

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Santa Ana, CA - Those who are channel surfing this weekend might come across a video game competition on a channel usually reserved for traditional sports. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, NBC Sports will broadcast the Universal Open. It’s a tournament for “Rocket League,” a competitive game that is essentially soccer with rocket-powered cars.


The Universal Open, presented by “Rocket League” developers Psyonix, the online competitive gaming community FACEIT and NBC Sports, is the first esports venture for the network.

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  • Psyonix adds Rocket League Rival Series
  • More teams will compete for RLCS league play
  • Community organizers will handle four Open Qualifier events

 

 

It’s shaping up to be a big third year for “Rocket League.” The competitive game from Psyonix, which is essentially soccer with rocket-powered cars, just celebrated its two-year anniversary with an update that added more content for the game’s player base of over 30 million. And, “Rocket League’s” fourth season is bringing changes to its esports competitive scene. Psyonix is shaking up a few things for the game’s biggest tournament of the year, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS), and is adding an entirely new series called the Rocket League Rival Series (RLRS).

 

The Rocket League Championship Series showcases the best and brightest 3v3 action from North America and Europe. Season 4 will expand the scene to accept even more competition. There will be four different Open Qualifier events in August that can each accept 1024 hopeful teams. That means there’s the potential for 4,096 teams vying for a slot in the RLCS, although that won’t be likely since teams can enter to compete in two different Open Qualifiers. After each Open Qualifier is completed, 128 teams (32 from each Open Qualifier) will move forward for the Play-In stage to compete to make the RLCS.

 

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This week had the bombshell esports announcement that NBC Sports will be partnering with Psyonix and FACEIT for a 2v2 “Rocket League” tournament later this summer. The venture will kick off on July 22 in the U.S. and Europe with online matches played via the FACEIT competitive online platform. The tournament will build toward the grand finals on August 26 and 27 where 16 teams will compete for a $100,000 prize pool.

 

The action will begin airing on NBC Sports Regional Networks on August 5-6, and August 12-13 for the tournament’s regional finals. The regional finals will be streamed via the NBC Sports app, and the final hour will air on participating NBC Sports Regional Networks.

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Nintendo’s annual E3 Direct livestream had its share of surprises and plenty for Switch owners to look forward to. One of those big surprises was announcement of “Rocket League” making its way to the Switch.

 

It’s no secret that the Switch doesn’t have the power that the Xbox, PS4 or PC platforms have. It was a big mystery if the Switch would be up to the task of handling “Rocket League’s” 60 frames-per-second gameplay. I’ve played it and the developers at Psyonix are up to the task of keeping the action as fast as ever. In order to keep it running at 60FPS, sacrifices had to be made.

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Rocket League is one of the most popular games of last year for more than one reason. It's not only becasue its highly competitive gameplay appeals to such a wide audience. It's also because developers Psyonix continue to support the game with fan-friendly updates and content. The most recent content addition is set to arrive on March 8 in the form of the new Batmobile from "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justince."

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Rocket League is one of the most popular games of last year for more than one reason. It's not only becasue its highly competitive gameplay appeals to such a wide audience. It's also because developers Psyonix continue to support the game with fan-friendly updates and content. The most recent content addition is set to arrive on March 8 in the form of the new Batmobile from "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justince."

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Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:56

'Rocket League' for Xbox One - Review

 

RocketLeagueCover“Rocket League” was the best game of 2015. How could a game from an indie studio that is essentially soccer with rocket-powered cars beat the likes of “The Witcher 3” and “Metal Gear Solid V”? If you’re an Xbox One owner, you’re about to find out.

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