Rocket League’s World Championship heads to London
For the second time in five seasons the Rocket League World Championship will be held in Europe. Announced today, the culmination of season five of the Rocket League Championship Series will be held at The Copper Box Arena in London, England June 8 – 10th. Three of the last four World Championships have been held in the United States with season two held in Amsterdam and now it’s England’s turn. Four teams from Europe, four from North America and two from Oceania will battle for the title of the worlds best and a prize of $250,000. Oceania qualifying tournaments are set to decide their representatives April 29.
Rocket League has had many events in the States lately with third party tournaments in partnership with the likes of ELEAGUE and the Universal Open. While the popularity of the game is strong in the U.S. its strength in Europe continues to grow as European teams such as Gale Force Esports and Team EnVyUs regularly qualify for international events. This year will also see the largest RLCS prize pool at a massive $250,000, a $100,000 increase from season four. While the Copper Box Arena originally played host to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 7,500 seat venue is no stranger to esport events as the location of DreamHack London in 2015 and the Clash Royale Crown Championship in 2017.
Tickets to the RLCS World Championships are not available yet, but as the event is moving to Europe for the first time in three seasons there’s no doubt they’ll be a high priority. Esports Insider says: It’s exciting to see the RLCS World Championship hop the Atlantic for the first time in three seasons. The European Rocket League community is so strong and the show out for the World Championships is sure to be a spectacle. Great to have it on Esports Insider’s home turf too!
The Next Rocket League Arena Is in Your Living Room
NEW YORK, NY – As I walked up to the Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals Playset at Toy Fair 2018, I couldn’t help but be impressed: the video game where cars play soccer, somehow made it out of the virtual worlds and into our tangible reality. Coming this fall for $179, this kit allows one-on-one match-ups that pit real Hot Wheels cars against each other for the right to claim control of your tabletop. To build the Rocket League arena in your own home, you assemble its walls on top of a playmat, and snap in goals, which use infrared sensors to track the giant ball that its cars knock in. Mattel is one step ahead of the rest of us, and customized the Octane and the Dominus with Bluetooth radios, so they can be controlled from your smartphone. This means that you need to charge each car, but these autos offer nimble movement, with both forward and backwards movement, as well as left and right pivots.
That pivot came in handy during our time with the game, as you really need to square up properly in order to score a goal. Hitting the ball an awkward angle, is as easy in real life as it is in the game, leaving some goals going missed, even we eventually scored some points. Even better, each car has a clip-on clear push bar on the front to catch and push the ball out, hopefully towards the waiting goal. This way, you’re not relying on the pure luck of ricocheting the giant ball off the hood of your car. Rocket League RC Rivals also proves that it’s a step above foosball, as each goal fence uses infra-red sensors to detect goals and update the counters above the goal posts for easy score-keeping.
Hopefully, this set will be the smash hit that encourages Hot Wheels and Rocket League to release additional sets of cars so more than two can play at once.