The day has not yet come when car racing games get their own eSports telecasts, but we’re getting close. The car-combat-sports game Rocket League has one as of now.
Twitch is parterning with Rocket League developer Psyonix to hold the first ever Rocket League Championship series, which will begin in the States and wind up spanning several countries when all is done.
“From the moment we hit the pitch last July, we knew that Rocket League was a legitimate esport,” says Jeremy Dunham, Vice President of Psyonix. “Twitch and its streamers have been an instrumental part of our success since we launched last July, 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!”
“The Twitch community has collectively rallied around Rocket League to help it achieve organic success on our platform,” added Nick Allen, Director of Esports Operations at Twitch. “By working with Psyonix to build an official professional league around this grassroots phenomenon, Rocket League’s legions of players and fans can potentially turn their passion into a career.”
The competition will be held over three months. Two sets of qualifiers will compete in elimination rounds for a month, until the contestants are down to two teams of three, who will face off in the online finals live, with a prize pot of $10,000 and a chance to compete in the international competition (that’s right, it keeps going). Win THAT and you’ll get $75,000 extra. All matches will be streamed on Twitch.
Registration will open at this website on March 25. If the competition gets attention, look for more tournaments in the years to come.