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Rocket League S9 World Championship canceled due to Coronavirus concerns

Published: 5/Mar/2020 18:47 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:21

by Scott Robertson

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In the wake of global health concerns caused by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, another esports event has been unfortunately derailed, as the Rocket League Season 9 World Championship in Dallas, Texas has been officially cancelled.

On March 5, the Pysonix esports team made the “frustrating” decision to cancel the¬† Rocket League Season 9 World Championship, due to “worldwide health concerns surrounding the developing situation around the Coronavirus.”

The remainder of Rocket League Championship Series Season 9 will be played, but they are currently “evaluating options” to replace the World Championships.

In the announcement, Rocket League Esports said they would provide full refunds to fans who purchases tickets, as well as those who pre-purchased parking passes.

In addition to the cancellation of the World Championship event, they will be changing the weekly broadcasts of RLCS and the Rival Series to fit health concerns as well. All of those events will now be exclusively online, and the broadcast talent will do their jobs remotely.

This cancellation is the latest in a long list of esports events that have unfortunately had to be altered, delayed, or outright cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Overwatch League homestands in China and Korea were both cancelled, with some of the teams from those regions moving out of the country for safety precautions.

Just a day before the IEM Katowice CS:GO tournament was set to open the doors of the Spodek Arena in Poland for playoffs, the local government retracted its decision to host a mass public event. The playoffs were played in an empty arena, with only ESL employees, members of the press, and members of the teams’ organizations there to watch in person.

Concerns about Coronavirus have also led to cancellations of LPL, LCK, and Pokemon events.

Riot Games had planned to invite various esports pro and personalities to test out and capture footage of their new shooter Valorant, but that was cancelled before some attendees even received their invites.

The worries have extended outside of esports as well. Reports have surfaced that both E3 and the holiday release of the next generation of consoles could also be affected.

We will provide updates with any further information about the Rocket League Season 9 World Championship, as well as any other esports events affected by Coronavirus concerns.

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Rocket League players petition Psyonix to add custom map creator

Published: 25/Oct/2020 10:07

by Joe Craven

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Frustrated Rocket League players, led by Treyven ‘Lethamyr’¬†Robitaille, have called on developers Psyonix to add a custom map creator to the explosive soccer title.

It’s fair to assume that Rocket League’s player count has risen quite considerably following its release as a free to play title.

Psyonix took the decision to make their 2015 title free to all players, but it seems that some more experienced players believe the game is becoming stale off the back of this decision.

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Rocket League originally released in 2015, but was made free to play on September 23, 2020.

One of these players is Canadian Rocket League pro Lethamyr, who is currently part of The mustyteers’ active roster. On October 24, he posted a series of tweets criticizing the stagnant state of the game, and called on its developers to add more support for custom map designs.

“A month has passed since the Free to Play update and there’s no new gameplay content (I don’t consider tournaments a new way to play the game),” he tweeted. “Watch my video that’s coming out in 4 minutes and tell me why this shouldn’t be in the game, and starting REACHING OUT to these amazing people who are trying to make Rocket League better for FREE.”

Unsurprisingly, Lethamyr’s video doubles down on his calls for custom map support to be added, even threatening to quit the game if the features are not added.

He followed up with one final tweet, asking how many people need to call for the changes for Psyonix to add them: “So Rocket League how many signatures on a petition would it take to have more Custom Map support? I feel like I’m already expecting no response but we gotta try.”

There did seem to be a lot of support for his proposals, with his tweet amassing over 1,000 likes at the time of writing. Similarly, a post on the Rocket League subreddit received 3,000 upvotes within 12 hours of its posting, suggesting there is an appetite for the features.

Whether Psyonix bow to public demand is another matter, but some big names in the community appear to be losing patience.