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Rocket League team dropped after allegedly throwing RLCS match

Published: 6/Apr/2020 12:46

by Jacob Hale


A Rocket League team has been dropped from their organization after allegedly throwing a Rocket League Championship Series match that had huge implications on the league’s playoff picture.

Team Esper first acquired their Rocket League trio towards the end of February 2020 with Australian players Aiden ‘delusioN’ Hendry, Finlay ‘Frenzyy’ Rockach, and Steve ‘SSteve’ Berrospi joining the Oceanic organization.

However, after just 45 days, the lineup was released from the organization on April 5, after accusations started to fly that they threw an all-important matchup in the RLCS, Team Esper quickly announced that they would be letting go of the players.

In the best-of-5 match against Fury, Team Esper needed to win map four to earn their playoff spot but, after losing it, they were no longer eligible to qualify. Instead, if Fury won the final map, they would be going to playoffs, while if Esper won then the final playoff spot would go to Renegades.

It was clear from the offset that something strange was occurring, which the casters were quick to point out after the very first kickoff of game 5.

“It might be that Team Esper just don’t want Renegades in playoffs,” one said after the Esper players appear to avoid the ball. “It’s looking like they’re giving the win to Fury, I’m not sure if this is allowed. Someone’s going to have to have words with them.”

The match further featured some questionable plays, including an own goal from captain delusioN, who has been a Rocket League pro for around two years.

After a Reddit post was made about the ordeal, a representative of developer Psyonix commented on the post explaining that they were going to do a full investigation into the matter and that they will communicate their decision once they “have a full understanding of what happened.”

Psyonix were quick to communicate with the Rocket League community.

Psyonix have not yet announced what action they will be taking, be it against the organization or the players themselves.

While Esper releasing the players seems to be an attempt to distance themselves from the situation, they too will be cautiously awaiting the developer’s verdict.

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Rocket League players petition Psyonix to add custom map creator

Published: 25/Oct/2020 10:07

by Joe Craven


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.