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Rocket League : Overview

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A hybrid game of arcade-style soccer and driving fun, Rocket League was first published by Psyonix for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 in July 2015. It added Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in June 2016. Rocket League was inspired by its predecessor from Psyonix, the 2008 title Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars for PlayStation 3.

Rocket League is a soccer game, but it combines rocket-powered cars. Up to four players are assigned to each of two teams and high-powered vehicles are used to hit the ball into the opponent’s goal, scoring points. There are elements similar to a demolition derby. It has a single and multiplayer mode, can be played locally and online and cross-platform play is enabled. Psyonix later added new game modes based on ice hockey and basketball as well as the ability to change some of the game’s rules. In March 2017, the Dropshot mode was added where the ball is electrified and damages the play field when it hits the ground.

Gameplay includes the ability for players to hit the ball in mid-air, pick up speed boosts, and to ram opponent’s cars. Vehicles can be controlled while in mid-air and quick dodges are also possible, adding to game dynamics. A typical match is around five minutes long, going to sudden death if a game is tied. Ranked playlists are part of the title’s competitive online mode and gamers can participate in tiered ranks across game seasons.

After launching, Rocket League was reviewed well for its gameplay and graphics and earned numerous gaming awards. By 2018 it had achieved 10 million sales and 40 million players.
Rocket League developed into an esport. Players compete through ESL and Major League Gaming and Psyonix developed its Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS). The League tournament occurs twice a year and has qualification rounds in North America, South America, Europe and Oceania. The October to December 2019 RLCS took place in Madrid, Spain with NRG Esports taking victory.

Top Players

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Dillon “Rizzo”

Rizzo is 22 years old and from the US. He is a Rocket League player and streamer currently signed with G2 Esports. He has also competed with Take 3 and Mock-It eSports NA.

Rizzo began playing Rocket League in August 2015, postponing college so he could focus on his professional esports and Rocket League career and as per Top Twitch Streamers, to work out what he plans to study later. Top Twitch Streamers estimates that Rizzo earns around $1,750 per month from streaming currently. This figure excludes earnings from sponsorships, advertising and the like. He usually streams a few times per week. 

As per Esports Earnings, Rizzo has earned over $178,000 in tournament prize money from a total of 61 tournaments. He is ranked 151st player in the US at the moment, by esports tournament winnings. 

Rizzo’s esports career features wins at the NA RLCS Championship S5 – 2018, the ELEAGUE Cup: Rocket League – 2017, the NA SPL: The Gauntlet – 2017 and the NA RLCS Play-In S4 – 2017.

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Cameron “Kronovi” Bills

Bills is 22 years old currently and from Atlanta, US. He streams and plays Rocket League and is signed to the G2 Esports team. He started playing video games at an early age including Spyro on his parent’s PlayStation 2. When he was at elementary school, he began playing PC games. In 6th grade he began playing Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars, the prequel to Rocket League. 

Bills has been playing Rocket League as his primary game since it was released in 2015. He had already been ranked amongst the best players in Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars so when Rocket League was released and became an esports title he gained opportunities to play professionally quickly.

This player streams as well as competing professionally so does not have a set Rocket League streaming schedule. 

As per Esports Earnings, Bills has earned over $123,000 from 77 Rocket League tournaments.

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Mariano “SquishyMuffinz” Arruda

Arruda is a professional Rocket League competitor signed with well-know esports team Cloud9. He is also a Youtuber and Twitch Streamer and a 5x LAN Champion and RLCS Season 6 World Champion. He’s 19 and his hometown is in Ontario, Canada.

This player and streamer began playing when he was young. He played console games as well as IRL football. After realising he wouldn’t be able to play football professionally, he began gaming more playing Skate 3, Unchartered 3 and FIFA 15.

Arruda began playing Rocket League when it was launched in 2015 and sometimes plays Fortnite. He signed with team Cloud9 in July 2017.

Top Twitch Streamers estimates that Arruda earns around $15,000 per month streaming. He has over 400,000 Twitch followers and his channel has seen over 5.6 million views.

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Top Tips

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Learn the game features

It goes without saying when playing a new game, you have to learn the features. Rocket League in particular is very different to other esports and popular game titles. It’s a mix of racing and ball sports so has some unique features and factors to consider. Practice mode is of course handy for learning and trying different things in the game.

You can customize camera settings and each player tends to have a different preference for settings that gives them the best view for them. It’s possible to change your field of view, the distance of the camera from your car as well as the angle of the camera and other settings.

There are obvious features of the game like boost and jumping which give you advantages but there is also the mechanics of the car to help, like the handbrake which you can use to drift and spin into position.

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Positioning is important

Moving on to positioning, this is one of the vital aspects of the game that will help you score goals and defeat opponents. When you are playing as a team it is not all about going straight for the ball, and the score. Your team will score more goals overall with good positioning, lining each other up for shots. If a teammate is in a better position to take a shot, let them, just like with traditional sports.

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Practice game awareness

For good positioning in Rocket League you need great game awareness. In such a fast-paced game this is a skill that can take a little time to build. If you can achieve this, you and your teammates will be able to line each other up with excellent shots and defend quickly leading to far more victories. It is important in Rocket League to understand where your teammates are, how your team needs to use each other to score, when a good time to pass is, and even how to use more complex passes like playing the back board.

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Master the tricks

Playing the backboard is just one trick or tactic in Rocket League and it is used frequently but can be an unanticipated move to get an advantage on your opposing team. If you find you are at the front of play with no one to pass forward to you can flick the ball from the backboard, perhaps confusing opponents and creating an opportunity for an easier goal.

There are lots of tricks and techniques to learn in Rocket League, including using boosts, powershots, aerials and air dribbles as well as how to demolish your opponents. Aerial manoeuvres are more complex to perform and it may takes hours of play to even begin to use them, but they are well worth mastering.

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Team play is everything

Rocket League is absolutely a team game. If you have friends that play it is great to pair up frequently and really learn to work together, you will make an invincible team compared to opponents who aren’t used to playing together. That said, if you are paired with random players in a match you can still quickly work out how to play together by using your game awareness, positioning and passing.

Rocket League : Game Settings

Rocket League : Game Statistics

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Rocket League was released in 2015. By the beginning of 2018 it had achieved $10 million sales and seen 40 million players.

Hours Watched

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Across 2018, according to Newzoo, Rocket League Twitch viewership rose 28% on the prior year and Rocket League’s official Twitch channel saw 18 million hours of live viewership.

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As per Steam, Rocket League as of April 2020 is seeing around 81,000 concurrent players with an all-time peak of 119,000 players.

Twitch Hours

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Twitch Tracker, in the month of April 2020, puts Rocket League Twitch viewership at around 2 million hours watched.

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