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Two Rocket League players banned after throwing RLCS match

Published: 8/Apr/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos


Two Australian Rocket League players have been banned from all tournaments for a year after throwing a Rocket League Championship Series match that had huge implications on the league’s playoffs picture.

After a three-day long investigation, two Rocket League players have been suspended for a year for their involvement in a throw in the Rocket League Oceanic Championship (RLOC).

Team Esper’s Aiden ‘delusioN’ Hendry and Finlay ‘Frenzyy’ Rockach both received one-year bans. Teammate Steve ‘SSteve’ Berrospi avoided a ban after being cleared by Psyonix’s investigation.

Team Esper were up against Fury in the RLOC in the final game of League Play, with massive playoffs implications.

A 3-0 or 3-1 win secured playoffs for Esper, while a win, regardless of scoreline, sent Fury into the top four. However, on the fringe was Renegades, who would have progressed if Esper won 3-2.

After the series went to 2-2, and Esper’s chances of making playoffs were squashed, game 5 was their last chance of redeeming themselves. However, It was clear from the offset that something strange was occurring, which the casters were quick to point out after the very first kickoff.

“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 squad was dropped by Team Esper shortly after the conclusion of the game, but Dexerto can confirm that the squad’s departure had nothing to do with the fixed game. The team was able to leave to “pursue other opportunities,” owner ‘Focus’ told Dexerto.

The players, especially delusioN and Frenzyy, received criticism online after their performance in the final game of league play. SSteve immediately distanced himself from his former teammates, putting out a statement on Twitter saying he “didn’t throw.”

“I’m truly sorry the way it ended,” he added. “As of [Sunday], I decided that I am no longer a part of the ex-Esper roster.”

Frenzyy and delusioN were sanctioned under section 7.2.1 of the Rocket League Championship Series Player Code of Conduct.

This clause upholds “competitive integrity,” and sets expectations for each player “to play to the best of her or his ability at all times during any match.”

Their ban will be lifted on April 7, 2021.

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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.