Rocket League continues to pump out the online leagues and tournaments. The Field is the latest such announcement from developer Psyonix. This will serve as a season-based, multidivisional league for both the very top and the regular high-ranked players. It all starts on Aug. 1.
As Psyonix puts it, “The goal is to provide a consistent, competitive platform with flexible queues that can accommodate everyday life and scrims.”
Taking to the Field
The Field is a collaboration between Rocket League developers Psyonix and third-party tournament organizer Rival Esports. For now, it will support two regions: North America and Europe.
There will be three divisions in The Field, with Division I being mostly reserved for the very top. Only Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) and Rival Series (RLRS) teams can qualify, though it does have space for four additional teams. This could become a chance for players on the cusp to stand out.
Division II will be for any player that holds the Grand Champion rank, so we’ll likely see the so-called bubble players here. Better than your average Grand Champion, these players are closing in on the top of Rocket League. Now, they’ll finally have a proper chance to get some good, consistent practice at their own level.
Finally, Division III is open for anyone to compete. Of course, those below Grand Champion will naturally have their work cut out for them.
But what is a league without promotion and relegation? Don’t worry, the Field has that covered. In fact, for Divisions II and III, there will be two per season with mid-season promotion/relegation. On the 15th of the month, the top four and bottom four will exchange places between the two divisions. At the start of the month, Division I will also join in the promotion/relegation festivities.
Each season will last just one month, and in order to be eligible for prizes, a team must play at least 10 matches in a season. Unlike RLCS, none of the matches have an official schedule. Some may not even be broadcasted. Psyonix encourages Rocket League players, tournament organizers, and content creators themselves to host these matches on Twitch.
For the full breakdown of how the pointing system works and the prize money, check out the official announcement.
The future of Rocket League esports
Psyonix seems to be increasing its efforts towards Rocket League esports. Players have spent years asking for more support for the bubble scene. Now, Psyonix has finally cooked something up for those who reach Grand Champion to look forward to and work towards.
The future of Rocket League esports is still up in the air, with rumors suggesting large overhauls. Large organizations have voiced their displeasure and even left the scene, too. Can a league meant to support players in their practice convince the organizations that brighter days are coming? Only time will tell.