From its very name, it was pretty obvious Rocket League wanted to go down the competitive road, but no one expected such a success. After a Pro Rocket League by MLG late-2015, Psyonix decided to invest in their own League, called the Rocket League Championship Series (or RLCS), starting March 2016.
This first season went through the summer, and ended in August with a $55,000 cash prize (for a total of approximately $75k for the whole season).
If you missed it, you can still see all results on Toornament :
A North American team went home with the title, and soon was announced a second season, to take place in December 2016. This time, European teams came back in force, and swiped everything. The whole podium was occupied by European rosters, who claimed the title and the lion’s share of the $125,000 cash prize allocated to the finals (part of the $200+k total cash prize of the season).
You can also find all Season 2 related results and replays of the matches on Toornament, including the MidSeason Mayhem tournaments, sort of fun separate competitions in which the teams play with several rule changes offered by the game, such as different game modes, Mutators and the likes, not unlike what is done by Riot Games during the League of Legends Championship Series with the All-Stars.
And after two massively successful seasons, we are back for a third season, with the European Top 3 from last season, and NA teams willing to do whatever it takes to reclaim their glory back (and probably also a fair share of the total cash prize of approximately $300k shared between the different Season tournaments).
Having started as a real outsider in Esports, Rocket League is now a contender to be taken seriously, with a huge player base (the game passed 25 Million Players earlier this year), growing numbers in every other aspect, and a will to delve deeper in this ecosystem.
The last qualifiers for Season 3 are over, and the participants and schedule are now known:
The League Play is set to start this week-end, with matches every week-end until the end of April, with the MidSeason Mayhem played in early April, the Regional Finals early May and the World Championship in June. And in the meantime, because there will only be so much you can watch, why not play in some of the Rocket League Open Tournaments currently available on Toornament?