New Territories, Start Your Engines!
NS rocket league The Championship Series (RLCS) has expanded to include three new arenas, which will compete for a piece of the $6 million (£4.395 million) prize pool.
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The RLCS will now include Asia-Pacific North (APAC N), Asia-Pacific South (APAC S) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA), meaning the professional scene will be open to “dozens of new countries”. This includes countries like Japan, India and Saudi Arabia.
At a press event, members of Psyonix explained that the team is “always looking at competitive data to make sure regions have a competitive pool of players”, adding that “the free to play was a big boost for us. Worldwide playerbase in terms of growing. last September, rocket league Passed 1 million concurrent players after being free to play.
Players from all regions will compete for a total prize pool of $6 million in the 2021–22 season, which is divided into fall, winter and spring splits.
Each division has three regional programs and one major, although the format is different in each division. While the fall split is an 8-team single elimination bracket, the winter split is a group stage consisting of four groups and a double-elimination bracket. Finally, Spring Split is a classic double-elimination format.
The World Championship takes place in the summer, and will feature a new wildcard event, where teams will compete for places in the World Championship main event.
Psyonix also plans to return to live events for the RLCS, starting with the Fall Major in Stockholm, Sweden, this year. While in-person attendance will be limited to players, staff and talent, Psyonix hopes to consider opening events for live audiences in 2022.
For a full list of what to expect from the RLCS 2021-2022 season – including full details on RLCS format changes and more – fans can visit this post on the officer rocket league Website.
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