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Rocket League team asks Psyonix to kick players before RLCS qualifier

Published: 13/Apr/2020 5:12

by Andrew Amos


Spanish football team RCD Espanyol asked Psyonix to kick their former roster from the Rocket League Rival Series (RLRS) and give the slot back to the organization, after the players left the team hours before the playoffs.

The end of Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season 9 has been marred with controversy across regions.

Two players from Oceania’s Team Esper were banned for match fixing, and now, during the promotion tournament for Season 10, an organization has put out an impassioned plea to Psyonix to stop their former players from participating in the competition’s qualifiers.

Just hours ahead of the RLCS Season 10 qualifiers, RCD Espanyol announced they were pulling out of Rocket League, leaving their players orgless for the tournament.

However, the Spanish football team pleaded to Psyonix to not allow them to play, instead giving the slot back to the organization.

“When the players, often inexperienced, don’t act with the principles they are expected to have, it must be the publisher [Psyonix] who puts on the board that, above all, there are values, principles, and ethics that everyone should have and respect,” said Laurea Folch, the former Head of Digital Strategy at RCD Espanyol.

“Under no circumstances should [the] gamers that have represented RCD Espanyol de Barcelona in the RLRS play the promotional tournament for the RLCS tomorrow.”

A former employee of RCD Espanyol asked Psyonix to stop the team’s former players from participating in the RLCS Season 10 promotion tournament.

Endpoint’s Nelson ‘Virtuoso’ Lasko came out in defense of the former RCD Espanyol players. He mentioned that the players’ contracts ran out days before RLRS, and described RCD as a “dodgy org” after negotiations with his own squad fell flat.

“They were dodgy when offering us [a contract],” he said. “Tox signed the contract while he is 16 and RCD didn’t even ask his parents to co sign which meant that his contract was not legally binding.”

He also opened up on why he thinks Espanyol would want to keep their slot, speculating that the Spanish organization doesn’t want players to play under their banner that don’t represent them. “On the broadcast, they will still play with Espanyol, which is why this is an issue with RCD,” he added.

Endpoint’s Virtuoso came out in support of the ex-RCD Espanyol players.

The former RCD Espanyol team ended up playing in the RLCS Season 10 qualifiers under a new banner, Stonkers.

However, they failed to qualify after losing back-to-back games to Solary and Endpoint in the promotion tournament. They will retain their slot in the RLRS as a core, after RCD Espanyol announced their departure from Rocket League entirely.

The organization cited a lack of “stable growth” for clubs who play in the Psyonix-developed game. They will instead be focusing on FIFA, and revitalizing their “digital strategy” for the coming years.

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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.