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Street Fighter and Rocket League headed to the 2020 Olympics – sort of

Published: 11/Sep/2019 23:11 Updated: 12/Sep/2019 0:26

by Isaac McIntyre


Intel has partnered with the International Olympic Committee to bring Rocket League and Street Fighter V to the Intel World Open, an event set to run ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

The tournament will see nation-based teams take to the field in their respective games, with Japan already confirmed as one of the eight competitors due to their status as the host nation for the event.

The remaining seven teams will be determined through an online qualification system in early 2020, before successful national squads will face off at a live qualifying event to be hosted in Katowice in Poland midway through the year.

These qualified teams will then face off for $250,000USD prize pools in both Rocket League and Street Fighter V, culminating in a total $500,000USD prize pool for the event.

As well as the money, however, players will be competing to be involved in the 2020 Olympics. The World Open’s finals will be held at the Zepp DiverCity venue in Tokyo on July 22-24, with the Olympics themselves beginning on the final day of the tournament.

CapcomStreet Fighter V is one of two games to be played at the Intel World Open.

There’s already plenty of excitement gained from having an esports event tied so closely to the prestige of the Olympics, and Intel’s director of business development for games and esports Mark Subotnick told The Esports Observer being tied to the Tokyo event could build the future of esports as well.

“This is a new tournament, and it’s meant to celebrate our values – being open and welcoming to anyone, in alignment with the Olympics,” he said. “We’re honored to be able to add to the bright future of esports in Japan.”

Kevin Chang, IntelIntel last hosted an Olympics-based event with IEM Pyeongchang in 2018.

This is the second time Intel and IOC have formed a partnership around an Olympic event. The first time the two paired up was for IEM Pyeongchang in 2018, which was played out ahead of South Korea’s Winter Olympics with Blizzard’s Starcraft II as the main attraction.

The team-up has gone one step further in 2020, however, with live audiences and different games changing the face of the event. Considering Rocket League and Street Fighter V are considered easily accessible games for spectators, many have welcomed the change.

RLCS, PsyonixRocket League has been growing as an esports in recent years.

The Intel World Open may not actually be an Olympic event in 2020, but the competitors will come about as close as you can to the main event as possible without being an actual part of the global tournament.

Regardless of the results, this partnership also continues to bridge gaming and the age-old Olympic sports. Maybe we’ll even see Rocket League and Street Fighter billed as proper medal-events in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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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.