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Rocket League Betting Tips & Live Streams
About Rocket League
Rocket League, a football game involving high-powered cars was developed and released byPsyonix in 2015. It received favorable reviews right from its launch date onwards, and its entry into esports wasn’t far off.
The game can be played in single-player and multiplayer modes, the latter featuring two teams of eight players each. Matches usually last around five minutes, which is what initially made the game so popular in unofficial tournaments.
Soon after its release, these sorts of tournaments began popping up on Twitch. That same year Rocket League became recognised as an esport by the Electronic Sports League (ESL), and began to receive official sponsorship.
Where you can bet on Rocket League
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Rocket League Live Streaming & Where To Watch
You can catch live streams of Rocket League games on popular streaming sites. You’ll be able to catch the majors tournaments at betting sites such as bet365, Stake and Pinnacle.
You can also watch Rocket League esports on:
- The official Rocket League Twitch channel
- The official Rocket League YouTube channel
- The Rocket League Live, a feature recently introduced by Epic Games to allow a broadcast of esports tournaments in-game
Rocket League eSports Structure
The premier Rocket League esports tournament is the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS), organized by Twitch at first and then taken over by Psyonix. The tournament started out on a relatively small scale, but here’s a look at how its grown over the years:
- Its first edition was held in August 2016, a year after the game’s release and featured a $50,000 prize pool distributed among eight teams, four each from North America and Europe. North American team iBUYPOWER won the Championship after defeating FlipSid3 Tactics in the Grand Final.
- There have been ten seasons of RLCS conducted after that, usually split into two events played across the spring and fall seasons. The tournament’s prize pool has climbed steadily too as it grew in popularity, doubling to $125,000 in Season 2. It then hit the $1 million mark in 2020 though that season was eventually canceled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and is now worth over $2 million.
- By Season 3, the RLCS had expanded to 10 teams and began to represent teams from Oceania as well.
- The next season in 2017 introduced the Rocket League Rival Series, which continued to remain in effect for the next four seasons. This allowed two more teams to challenge the RLCS qualifiers by playing in the 'Promotion Playoffs'. It was eventually discontinued after 2020.
- The 2019 season saw Psyonix partnering with ELEAGUE, and expanding the league to include South America as the fourth region, increasing the number of teams to 12.
Psyonix was acquired by Epic Games in 2020, and the 2021 season saw the most number of changes.
There were now representatives from Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Asia-pacific Soth (APAC) Sub-Saharan Africa and (SSA). Plus, the league was expanded to three splits from two, now including a Winter split in addition to the Fall and Spring.
Once Rocket League became recognized as an official esport, third party organizations got in on the action too. Here are some of the most notable ones outside the official Championship tournaments:
- Just a couple of months after the game's release in 2015, Major League Gaming (MLG) organized the first season of the Pro Rocket League.
- Another Rocket League tournament was held at the Summer X Games in July 2017, which was won by NRG Esports
- NBC made their first foray into esports with a $100,000 prize-pool tournament that same month
- The ELEAGUE Cup was organized in December 2017 by Turner Sports, featuring eight teams
- Psyonix partnered with Tespa to organize collegiate tournaments, offering teams up to $50,000 worth of scholarship funds
Qualification For Rocket League Tournaments
The 2021 season completely overhauled the qualification process for the RLCS. the tournament was expanded to 24 teams, and introduced a new Wildcard stage similar to play-ins preceding the main tournament.
There are now eight spots for teams to make it to the group stage, with the remaining sixteen slots given to the Wildcard entries. These wildcard slots are distributed as follows:
- Three each from North America and Europe
- Two each from Oceania, South America, MENA and SSA
- One each from Asia Pacific North and South
The Wildcard stage sees the 16 wildcard entries participate in a Swiss format contest, with the top eight teams progressing to the group stage and joining the main eight qualifiers. The main event for these sixteen teams is conducted as a double elimination bracket, and the top eight will progress to the single-elimination playoffs stage.
There are three Regional Events per season conducted across all of the eight regions. Each event features 16 teams that come in through a series of closed qualifiers and invitationals.
The RLCS Circuit Ranking Points decide the top eight teams that seed into the RLCS Finals. Doing well at the Spring, Fall and Winter Majors aside from their regional leagues also wins points for each team.
- 1st place in the Spring Major wins 601, Fall Major wins 701, Winter Major wins 801
- 2nd place in the Spring Major wins 500 points, Fall Major wins 600 points, Winter Major wins 700 points
- 3rd place in the Spring Major wins 400 points, Fall Major wins 500 points, Winter Major wins 600 points
Best Rocket League Teams
Different teams have won the RLCS Finals since its introduction in 2016, though no one has managed to win it more than once. Here’s the list:
- iBUYPOWER Cosmic won the first edition in Spring 2016, back when it was just between the European and North American regions
- Flipside Tactics in Fall 2016
- Northern Gaming in Spring 2017
- Gale Force eSports in Fall 2017
- Dignitas in Spring 2018
- Cloud9 in Fall 2018
- Renault Vitality in Spring 2019
- NRG Esports in Fall 2019
- Team BDS won the Finals in the 2021-22 season
The 2021-22 edition was the first to introduce the seasonal Major system. These were the respective winners:
- Team BDS won the Spring Major
- G2 Esports won the Fall Major
- Moist Esports won the Winter Major