Perhaps unsurprisingly given the events happening around the world at present, the Rocket League Season 9 World Championship, the culmination of the Rocket League season, which was due to take place in Dallas Texas shortly, has been canceled.
However, in a clever move, organizers have decided to shift the focus from the postponed tournament onto the Rocket League Championship Series events in North America and Europe, both of which are played online.
Psyonix, who run the game, announced the news in an initial press release on their site, together with advice on what their next step was to be. This next announcement came a short time later and turned the Rocket League Championship Series into what amounts to a mini-World Championship.
Prize Funds Added
The $100,000 in prize money that was to be on offer in Dallas has instead been added to the prize pool for the Rocket League Championship Series for North America and Europe, with the additional prize money going to the top four teams in each competition that would have qualified for the World Championships.
Psyonix announced that the prize funding is now as follows:
- 1st place – $70,000 ($52,000 in additional prize money)
- 2nd place – $40,000 ($27,000 in additional prize money)
- Joint 3rd place – $16,500 each ($10,500 in additional prize money each)
In addition to boosting the funds of the tournaments in Europe and North America, Psyonix also announced that they would be adding a further $25,000 in prize money to the South American and Oceania Regional Championships respectively.
This boosts the winnings for the first-place team by an additional $15,000 and the second-place team in each tournament will receive an additional $10,000.
Live Online Regional Tournaments
While being unable to host the World Championships in Dallas as planned is undeniably a blow for fans and teams, especially with it being the season-ending tournament, Psyonix have confirmed that they do have plans to run a number of what they call “live online regional tournaments” for the four regions outlined above.
Latest Betting on the Tournament
A number of esports betting services are offering both betting and live streaming of the action in the Rocket League Championship Series including bet365 Esport and BUFF.bet. At the moment, after six weeks of action in the tournament, Spacestation Gaming lead the way in the North American league, winning six of their games and losing just the one, winning all of their last five.
Their nearest challengers in North America are Susquehanna Soniqs (6-2), NRG Esports (6-2) and G2 Esports (5-2).
In Europe it is a two-horse race at the moment with two teams sharing the same 7-1 record, Renault Vitality and Dignitas. Vitality lead the way by virtue of their better win percentage. Teams chasing the pair include Barcelona (5-2), Veloce (5-3) and Reciprocity (5-3).
The next round of games, which you can now bet on, will get underway on Saturday March 21st and will see a number of key games, not least third taking on second in the North American division as G2 Esports face off against Susquehanna Soniqs.
In Europe, Veloce will face top team Renault Vitality this weekend with Dignitas taking on Reciprocity. Odds on these matches are available on bet365 Esport and BUFF.bet right now.