Less than two weeks after tickets to the Rocket League Championship Series finals instantaneously sold out, Rocket League developer Psyonix announced that the in-person event has been cancelled due to Rocket League Trading global health concerns. Fans who purchased tickets will receive a full refund along with a code for the event’s exclusive in-game item.
While the RLCS Final LAN event has been cancelled, the announcement states that league play, regional championships, and the Rival Series promotion tournament will take place as scheduled. In the meantime, Psyonix will be “evaluating all options to replace World Championship play,” which was set for April 24-26 in Dallas, Texas.
This could mean that the world championship might be decided in a non-LAN setting, or (more preferably) will have the players compete in-person without an audience. While one team will still be crowned World Champions at the end of this season, fans and players alike are naturally disappointed by the news. The Rocket League Championship Series is the game’s most premier tournament and the event serves as a gathering place for the many communities fostered by a shared love for the esport.
While it’s disappointing to see the event has been cancelled, it’s a necessary precaution that many gaming event organizers have decided to take. This year’s Game Developers Convention was postponed until the summer, and a major CounterStrike: Global Offensive tournament was barred from opening its doors to fans. The safety measures surrounding these events show that the COVID—19 outbreak can affect us all, even those of us who choose to spend our time in the digital world.
Further updates regarding how and when the world championship will be RL Prices played are coming, so keep an eye on the official Rocket League Esports Twitter account.