Rocket League Spring Series Online Tournament Offers $300K Prize Pool
Esports is going to be online like never before thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re used to watching online, but now most esports will not travel to do battle. With that in mind, Rocket League is going online for its Spring Series with a $300,000 prize pool. It’s all starting in April!
Four Regions, Big Money
Beginning in April, four regions will come together online to do battle in Rocket League, to compete in the Rocket League Spring Series. This is the first of several tournaments that Psyonix is putting together after the developers committed to providing online regionals that would keep their community going strong.
This tournament will run from April through May and will be a testing ground for future events like it. There will likely be things we wouldn’t normally see in a Rocket League RLCS broadcast. The open qualifiers will run on different timelines for each of the RLCS regions, starting with South America on April 14. Europe will be the closing region on May 6. The battles will all be online, so there will be a fairly tight schedule.
Fortunately, we have all the details you need!
- Europe: $125,000
- North America: $125,000
- Oceania: $50,000
- South America: $50,000
- Eight total teams per regional tournament
- The top four teams from each region’s Season Nine Regional Championship will auto-qualify and have preferential seeding
- The remaining four spots will be filled by Open Qualifiers held before each tournament
- Each tournament will feature a double-elimination bracket played out over two days of action
- All matches will be best-of-five, except for the Loser’s Bracket Finals, Winner’s Bracket Finals, and Grand Finals, which will be best-of-seven
- South America: Open Qualifiers on April 14-15, Spring Series on April 18-19
- North America: Open Qualifiers on April 21-22, Spring Series on April 25-26
- Oceania: Open Qualifiers on April 28-29, Spring Series on May 2-3
- Europe: Open Qualifiers on May 5-6, Spring Series on May 9-10
Where is this going down, you might ask? The Rocket League Spring Series will be live on the Rocket League Twitch and YouTube channels. The qualifier matches will be streamed by individual players, and not by Psyonix, however. The teams can sign up for the competition through Smash.gg, and every open qualifier team will be guaranteed at least two matches.
This is a great time for Rocket League, too. They have surpassed their previous peaks of players, with nearly 500,000 users going at it in the heated, vehicular-soccer hybrid. As of this writing, Rocket League is in the top 10 games being played on Steam, which is no mean feat.
The game has remained over 40,000 concurrent players across Steam this year. With more people indoors who need something to do, a fast-paced, fun game like Rocket League may be what the doctor ordered. We don’t know who will come out on top in this tournament, but we’re very curious to see which region will stand tall above the rest!
Should this tournament be successful, I imagine we’ll see similar across the internet as the year goes on. In particular, we are glad to see Psyonix supporting the tournament though. It shows that they care about their community and want people to keep their eyes on whatever develops for Rocket League, during and after the Spring Series.