Rocket League University Event

I mean, rocket-powered cars zooming around a soccer field trying to hit a giant ball towards the opponent’s goal. What’s not to like there? That game seems like a home-run when talking about wacky new video game ideas. Well, that’s exactly what Rocket League is. Today, the University Network Gaming Society is looking to organize an event and tournament around this game.

What is Rocket League anyways?

Well, it’s a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. The game was first released for Microsoft Windows and PS4 in 2015 and later in 2016 for XBOX, macOS, Linux, and Nintendo Switch. Usually described as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars“, Rocket League is one of the most fun games I personally have ever played. The objective of this game is to kick the gigantic soccer ball towards the opponent’s goal area and score. There are a few game modes. The regular 1 versus 1, but also 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4. Across the soccer field, you can find speed boost orbs which fill up your “nitro” bar and allow you to use it and bump up your speed for a short period of time. Players’ cars also have the ability to jump up and fly around the field, kicking the ball mid-air, which to be honest, looks spectacular if done right.

Rocket League Wallpaper
Rocket League Wallpaper

With Rocket league becoming more and more popular, in March of 2016 Psyonix announced the first official Rocket League Championship Series. The finals took place in August of 2016 with a $55,000 prize pool. And soon after it’s release, Rocket League became an officially sponsored eSport, joining ESL. More than $1 million was made in revenues from the sales of in-game loot boxes and cosmetic items which allowed Psyonix to continue funding competitive events throughout the year.

Let’s talk about our tournament.

We’re organizing a tournament with 1 versus 1 and 2 versus 2 brackets. Each bracket will have 16 players (16 teams for 2v2 bracket with 32 players total). Each match will be played on a randomly selected map with single elimination and 3 games between each player/team. In other words, if you lose, you’re out. Rewards for the winners of each bracket will be announced at the event, but you can expect some cool gaming peripherals and gear, as well as in-game cosmetic items.

You can sign up for the tournament at event@sotongamesoc.com. The only requirement is for you to bring your own controller. Please be sure to include your and your teammate’s gamer tags. We’re looking forward to seeing you there, and best of luck!