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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


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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Psyonix responds to Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenge concerns

Published: 12/Nov/2020 0:42

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Rocket League Season 1 is underway, but many players felt like Tournament Challenges were too difficult. Fortunately, Psyonix responded quickly and made them easier.

Rocket League has developed in leaps and bounds since it’s release back in 2015. The player-base has increased exponentially since the game became free-to-play, and the competitive scene is alive and well.

Rocket League’s fun and unique gameplay are what draws players in. However, Psyonix has always been pro-active and implemented player feedback into the game, which keeps them coming back.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
It’s hard to find a game that mixes genres as well as Rocket League.

Still, that process has to start somewhere, and it often happens when enough players voice their opinions on social media. In recent weeks, Psyonix has been rocked with a wave of concerns about two Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges. 

The first one is the Stage 2 Challenge ‘Make It To The Quarter Finals In 4 Psyonix Scheduled Tournaments’. The consensus was that this was too difficult, at least for most casual players.

“Can we talk about the Season Challenges Stage 2 task which requires us to make it to Quarter Finals 4 times?” wrote one player. “I think it’s not okay to tie this to performance and making it to quarterfinals.” 

“This ruins the fun for me, and since it’s a free challenge, we NEED to perform it,” he added. It was one of several threads on the issue. However, it was upvoted more than 150 times and sparked a discussion with 100 comments.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Rocket League tournaments are arguably the game’s most intense mode.

The second one is the Stage 3 Challenge ‘Get 200 Assists in Online Matches.’ Again, players felt like this was too difficult to achieve. But this time, it was more about how long it took to do.

“I don’t think it’s possible for me to get 200 assists,” said one player, who called for a petition to remove it. “It took me half the season to get 40. I’m sure [there are] people also in the same boat. I guess I just think it’s [a] ridiculous number to hit in half a season.”

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Assists in Rocket League are almost as important as goals.

Fortunately, Psyonix heard and have already responded. “After seeing your feedback over the last few weeks about some of the Season 1 Challenges, we’ve decided to make two changes,” they said.

The first challenge has now been changed to ‘Play in 4 Psyonix Scheduled Tournaments.’ This means players only need to compete in four tournaments rather than make four quarter-finals.

The second challenge has also been changed to ‘Get 50 Assists in Online Matches.’ That means the number of assists has been decreased from 200 down to 50, which takes a quarter of the time to do.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Psyonix have already made two of the Rocket League Season 1 Challenges easier.

“These changes are live now,” they said. “If you don’t see them live in your game just yet, please restart and they should appear as intended.”

Rocket League players are thrilled with the changes. But perhaps more importantly, they’re content knowing that Psyonix always seems to have their back in the end, although it can take a bit of time.