Yesterday, ESL Australia and Psyonix announced the ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship, a new online tournament series. This event features a $225 thousand prize pool to be distributed across three stages.
ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship runs from August 2020 – April 2021. Though the tournament features prize money, the top teams from each split will also receive points. These points go towards the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) X Majors and the Rocket League World Championship.
ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship
ESL RL OCE commences on August 15, with its first split in Winter ending on October 4. The following splits are undetermined but Split Two will likely run between November and January. The last split takes place from March to April. Each competition boasts a $75 thousand prize pool shared among the top eight teams.
Only players within the Oceanic region may participate. Those countries include Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.
?️⚽️ ANNOUNCING: The @ESLRocketLeague Oceanic Championship – the ultimate competition for all Rocket League players across the region, ft. a massive $225k USD prize pool across 3 splits, and points towards the RLCS X Major up for grabs.
— ESL Australia (@ESLAustralia) July 29, 2020
In a press release, Ben Green, Publisher Development Manager at ESL Australia, provided his sentiments and talked about the partnership with Psyonix. He also spoke about how the opportunities this tournament will bring Rocket League’s Oceanic region.
“Rocket League has always been a leader in the esports space, so the opportunity for us at ESL to partner with Psyonix here in the Oceanic region was something we jumped on,” Ben Green said. “As the future of sport turns towards online platforms, we will look to deliver the evolution of digital competition, starting with the ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship.”
Rocket League Oceanic Region
Overall, ESL and Psyonix’s decision to establish a tournament series and bring it to one of the lesser developed regions compared to the Americas and Europe will pay off. Although the Oceanic region isn’t unknown, it has a long way to go. ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship creates another opportunity for new talent to shine. Players can finally enter the high-tier competitive scene of Rocket League esports. Now, fans must wait in excitement as the upcoming split starts in the coming weeks.
Written by Jay Hunter