Rocket League Championship Series League Betting Tips & Live Streams

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About Rocket League Championship Series League

The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) began in 2016, a year after the release of the vehicular-soccer video game Rocket League. The tournament is split into three segments, Fall, Winter, and Spring.

The game was an overnight success, and developers Psyonix had taken note of the game’s popularity in Twitch tournaments. Within months of the release, Rocket League was accepted by the ESL and became an officially sponsored esport. Psyonix took very little time to act, and had an official tournament up and running by 2016. 

RLCS has seen many changes to its structure and prize pool since its inception, especially after Psyonix was acquired by Epic Games in 2019. It has grown in terms of regions represented as well as its prize pool, which has swelled by over 20 times since its first edition.

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Rocket League Championship Series League Live Streaming & How 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.

The RLCS games are also broadcast on Twitch, on Rocket League’s official channel rocketleague.

Rocket League itself gained fame as an esport because of the popularity of unofficial Twitch tournaments.

Its viewership continues to grow over the years. The most recent season, 2021-22 saw over 10 million hours watched, with 154,302 average viewers and 368,721 peak viewers.

It peaked during the game between Furia Esports and Moist Esports at the RLCS playoffs, followed by the game between Team BDS and Karmine Corp which drew in 352,803 viewers.

Rocket League Championship Series League Format

When it first began in 2016, the RLCS involved eight teams from two regions, Europe and North America. The next year, it was expanded to involve another region, Oceania, and ten teams instead of eight. 

Up until 2018, all the tournaments had been organized by Psyonix in coordination with Twitch. Once Season 5 began Psyonix took over entirely. In 2019, South America received two slots in the league as it was expanded to 12 teams.

Once Epic acquired Psyonix, the structure of the tournament changed. Earlier there were two seasons conducted in a year, now it was expanded to include a third.

The RLCS is split into three segments, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each of these will have Regional Qualifiers conducted across the following locations: Europe, North and South America, Oceania, Middle East & North Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

All of the Regional qualifiers will have three distinct tournaments played out, the Seasonal Invitational, the Seasonal Cup, and the Seasonal Open.  Every season ends in a Major, an international competition featuring 16 teams, who are the winners and/or top seeds from each region. The majors have:

  • Five representatives each from Europe and North America
  • Two each from Oceania and South America
  • One each from MENA and Asia Pacific

The RLCS finals will have 24 teams competing. Eight teams will enter through the Worlds Region Spots. Teams will be awarded points through their performances in their Regional Leagues, and the top eight teams with the most points seed through directly to the RLCS playoffs, irrespective of their regions.

The remaining 16 teams will be Wildcard entries. Each of these are fixed, unlike the Worlds Region Spots, and are allotted to the following regions:

  • Three seeds from North America
  • Three seeds from Europe
  • Two seeds from Middle East & North Africa
  • Two seeds from Oceania: 
  • Two seeds from South America
  • Two seeds from Sub-Saharan Africa
  • One seed from Asia-Pacific North
  • One seed from Asia-Pacific North

Rocket League Championship Series League Prize Pools

The RLCS prize pool has grown significantly since its first edition in 2016, which distributed $55,000 among its players. 

The tournament’s undisputable popularity saw the prize double to $125,000 for the next split, just three months later. It then held steady at $150,000 across Season 3 and Season 4 in 2017. Another surge saw it climb up $250,000 in the spring of next year, before it hit the half-a-million mark for the first time.

After Psyonix’s acquisition by Epic Games, the tournament’s structure changed and it received more funding than before. The two seasons conducted in 2019 saw the prize pool raised to $529,000.

The RLCS was not conducted in 2020 owing to the pandemic. That edition was supposed to have a million-dollar prize pool, but it never materialized. 

When it resumed in 2022, it not only crossed the million-dollar-mark but doubled it, going all the way up to $2.085 million. The 2022-23 season will distribute a $2.1 million prize pool among its competitors.

Rocket League Championship Series League Teams

There are seven regions represented at the RLCS, which are:

  • North America (NA)
  • Europe (EU)
  • Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
  • Oceania (OCE)
  • South America (SA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)

In general, the European teams have been the most notable performers at the Rocket League Championship series, and have the most representation at the Majors along with North America. 

Team BDS are the current defending champions. 

Other teams that have emerged over the past few years are Karmine Corp and Moist Esports. Recently G2 Esports, Faze Clan and Furia Esports have also been turning in noteworthy performances at the international Majors.

Rocket League Championship Series League Winners

The first edition of the RLCS saw the North American team, iBUYPOWER, defeat FlipSid3 Tactics 4-2 in the Grand Final to emerge as the winners. They took home $27,500 in prize money. 

So far every edition of the tournament has seen a different winner. 

The European Team BDS are its most recent victors, having secured Season 2021-22 and receiving a massive $600,000 prize after defeating G2 Esports in the final. 

Here is the list of RLCS winners:

Season
Winners
Season 1 (2016)iBUYPOWER Cosmic
Season 2 (2016)Flipside Tactics
Season 3 (2017)Northern Gaming
Season 4 (2017)Gale Force eSports
Season 5 (2018)Dignitas
Season 6 (2018)Cloud9
Season 7 (2019)Renault Vitality
Season 8 (2019)NRG Esports
Season 2021–22Team BDS