Teamwork propels Northeastern to victory in Collegiate Rocket League Championship
Perhaps it’s only natural that Northeastern students Florent Astié, Steven Rose, and Ryan Heminway would win the inaugural Collegiate Rocket League Championship. The primary difference is that you don’t use your feet to score-you use rocket-powered vehicles. The 2017 Collegiate Rocket League, which launched this fall, featured 248 teams divided among four regional conferences. Northeastern was one of eight teams to qualify for the league championship, which was held online last weekend. As a reward for defeating Ohio State in the championship match, Astié, Rose, and Heminway each received a $5,000 scholarship.
It hasn’t interfered with class, co-op, or their social lives. They pass the ball up the pitch in a slow, methodical manner, while communicating every move. When Ohio State played a smothering brand of defense in the championship, preventing them from advancing the ball, they restrategized on the go and beat their opponent at its own game. The esports industry is big and getting bigger, featuring highly paid players, billionaire team owners, and throngs of dedicated fans. Astié, a second-year mechanical engineering major, will start co-op at iRobot in January.
Heminway, a second-year computer engineering major, will go to work for Doble Engineering Company, the maker of testing and diagnostic equipment for the electric power industry.
Rocket League’s Tournaments beta test kicked off today
Quick! Round up the team! Round up your mate’s team! Round up everyone you know and lock them inside virtual cars to play football, because you only have a few days to officially prove which lot of you are the best at Rocket League. Psyonix today launched an open beta test of their sports car game’s new Tournament system, which will handily handle all the brackets and bits of running a tournament in-game.
Your boy Reg cannot complain that the organiser is fiddling the seeds or lying about scores or the game will handle everything. Tournaments will officially launch later this year but right now they’re in public beta testing until Friday night. To play the beta, follow these instructions to install a test version of Rocket League. Yes, of course you need to own Rocket League to do this. The beta started today at 10am Pacific and is due to run until Friday at 5pm Pacific.
Try to time a 12:59 finish for your tournament’s finals so, while the winners are jumping up and down screaming and showering themselves with Babycham, the losers stare glumly at their screens until they’re disconnected a minute later. Tournaments will launch officially with Rocket League’s Spring Future Update, which was due in March or April last I heard. Beyond that, Psyonix’s future plans include new arenas and cross-platform multiplayer parties.
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