Psyonix has officially announced a $300,000 Rocket League Spring Series tournament, providing major competition across the top four regions starting in April.
Most major sports and esports leagues have had to be put on hold due to the ongoing global crisis, with LAN tournaments simply not worth the risk. While that means a lot of tournaments have been postponed, Rocket League has actually announced one that will be going ahead despite surrounding issues.
Though the tournament will be held online, it’s still offering a solid prize pool split to each of the four regions participating, and should keep fans’ thirst satiated while awaiting a major LAN, especially after the cancellation of the Season 9 World Championship.
The Rocket League Spring Series is a compilation of tournaments across North America, Europe, Oceania, and South America, spanning two days each with some of the world’s best teams competing.
Format and Prizing
As explained by Rocket League Esports, here are the key formatting takeaways for the Rocket League Spring Series:
- Eight total teams per tournament
- The top four teams from each region's Season 9 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-5, except for the Loser's Bracket Finals, Winner's Bracket Finals, and Grand Finals, which will be Best-of-7
The prize pool for each region will be as follows:
- Europe: $125,000
- North America: $125,000
- Oceania: $50,000
- South America: $50,000
This somewhat makes up for the players’ inability to compete at the World Championship, where life-changing sums of cash could have been won.
Rocket League Spring Series dates
Rather than playing across one weekend, each region will play their own tournament on a separate weekend, including individual Open Qualifiers on top of the main Spring Series tournament.
Each event will be viewable through Rocket League’s Twitch and YouTube channels on the following dates:
- South America: Open Qualifiers on April 14-15, Spring Series on April 18-19 (show begins at 7:30 am PDT/10:30 am EDT/3:30 pm BST each day)
- North America: Open Qualifiers on April 21-22, Spring Series on April 25-26 (show begins at 11:30 am PDT/2:30 pm EDT/7:30 pm BST each day)
- Oceania: Open Qualifiers on April 28-29, Spring Series on May 2-3 (show begins at 6:30 pm PDT/9:30 pm EDT/2:30 am BST each day)
- Europe: Open Qualifiers on May 5-6, Spring Series on May 9-10 (show begins at 8:30 am PDT/11:30 am EDT/4:30 pm BST each day)
The Spring Series will attempt to make up for some of the lost efforts of the Season 9 World Championship, though it is not yet known if/when that will take place given the current uncertainty around events such as these.
Regardless, this is a significant step from Psyonix to keep the ball rolling, and at least gives fans something new to look forward to.