Will Rocket League become an eSports title?


eSports is constantly developing, with new organizations, teams, players and titles constantly emerging. Some games are meant to become a solid eSports title, while some will never become competitive on professional level. We decided to analyze whether such game as Rocket League has eSports future.


First, we'll speak about the game itself. According to Wikipedia: "Rocket League is a physics-based vehicle soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix, released for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on July 7, 2015, with ports for OS X and Linux also in development. It is a sequel to 2008's Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. The game features gameplay that is very similar to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars‍ '​s, and also includes single-player and multiplayer modes which can be played both locally and online, including cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows versions.


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The game is a reckless football of rocket-powered cars. The main goal of the player to hit the ball to the goal area of the rival. The entertainment attracted audience quite fast. Straight after the release the popularity of the game was very high, similar to many other interesting games. In July, "football cars" took fifth place in the quantity of views on Twitch.TV, leaving WoT and HotS behing. However, in August it dropped on 17th place. In September it left top20 and now it "takes its proper place". 


In less than a week after the game release, the developer Psyonix announced, that Rocket League officially became an eSports discipline, followed by an announcement of the first competition (held on 12 July). Furthermore, recently it was informed that United States iBUYPOWER signed contract with a strong North-American team Rocket League Cosmic Aftershock, which won eight ESL Cup in a row! "Is this team really this good?" you'd ask. Look what United States Cameron "Kronovi" Bills!


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“We have high hopes of seeing a robust esports scene driven by developers at Psyonix and the community surrounding it,” Darren Su, the vice president of iBUYPOWER, said.  “iBUYPOWER has shown that they want to help grow Rocket League as well as the team and that is really important to us,” Gibbons said. “We cannot wait to get started on this new chapter for the team!"


Surely, the grounds for the game's eSports future have been created. The competitions will probably increase in popularity. However, we don't think that Rocket League will ever raise above the local level. For any esports title to hit the top, it is necessary that the audience wants both to play and to watch it on the regular basis. As of now the game looks more like an arcade. You can spend a couple of hours playing it with your friends and then focus your attention on a more exciting project.


Surely, Rocket League has great quantity of fans all over the world. They will support the game and hope it'll turn into a true eSports title, which would attract large audience. However, the way the game looks now, it has no place in grand eSports.

AuthorEloveana Date11 November 2015, 09:39 Views1594 Comments1
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#1 us ruthbreeden 23 February 2016, 13:53
I hope it turns out to be an eSports title. Rocket league is one of the very few games that has caused quite a surprise with what it delivers. Nobody expected rocket league, a simple Sports-action game to be this awesome! I play this game regularly and I think it is definitely one of the best futuristic games ever made.
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