WePlay Announces $100,000 Rocket League Invitational
There are few organizations out there that put in as much effort as WePlay. The Ukrainian esports organizer has assembled a variety of events for games like CS:GO, Dota, and even some FGC titles. While they have plenty of experience in Dota and CS:GO, WePlay will now be bringing their unique vision and penchant for engaging visuals to Rocket League with their $100,000 WePlay Rocket League Invitational.
Rocket League and WePlay: Goals Galore
According to a release from WePlay, the WePlay Rocket League Invitational will occur during September 16-19. The invited teams come from all over the globe, with eight teams attending the event from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, along with eight teams from North America. Teams will participate in a Double Elimination Bracket format with matches being best of 7, meaning that there’s plenty of chances for teams to bounce back from an early loss.
The participating teams are as follows:
- Team BDS
- Semper Esports
- Guild Esports
- Spacestation Gaming
- G2 Esports
- FaZe Clan
- Susquehanna Soniqs
- Karmine Corp
- Shopify Rebellion
- Sandrock Gaming
- Vodafone Giants
- Team EnVy
- Team Vitality
No doubt this event has encouraged organizations to re-examine their rosters. FaZe Clan recently recruited former Rogue player Firstkiller to round out their squad, and Dignitas have recruited 2019 World Championship MVP Scrub Killa back in August of this year.
WePlay will no doubt bring their penchant for unique, eye-catching set design to their Rocket League production. Their recent CS:GO Academy League pulled back a little bit, distancing the production away from their ambitious productions of the AniMajor for Dota and the Clutch Island event for CS:GO, but was still impressive with their professional stage lightning, multiple camera set-up for the analysts desk, and clean, sleek graphics. Every production WePlay puts out looks like something one would expect from ESPN SportsCenter or a traditional sports broadcast. It’ll be exciting to see what WePlay will be able to pull off for Rocket League.
However, as WePlay is a Ukranian organization, there may be some cultural hiccups that North American organizations may encounter, much like the scandal WePlay found itself embroiled in when sponsors for their fighting game event found out WePlay had partnered with 1xBet, a shady betting site with dubious practices. While betting sponsors aren’t uncommon for esports in the CIS region, like RuHub Studio’s partnership with GG.Bet, it’s still a grey area for many organizations in North America. However, WePlay’s latest excursion into Rocket League may be an opportunity for the event organizers to attract new sponsorship and get new eyes on their unique production and lively broadcasts.