Tuesday, July 18, 2017

News:: Rocket League players fight for national pride in the game's first ever World Cup

If the most accurate description of Rocket League is "cars playing soccer"(football, fĂștbol, footie for our international audiences), then it's fitting that the game get a tournament that mimics soccer's most popular tournament. Later this month, Rocket League is getting its first ever World Cup and it's going to be nuts.

Beginning July 27, 16 teams will compete in three-on-three action, each squad representing their home country. The Rocket League World Cup is formatted the same as FIFA's World Cup -- a pool stage in groups of four, and then the winners of those go onto the knockout stage. There's a prize pool of $5,000 for the top three teams, which is relatively small for most of these players; this competition is more about national pride.

It's also worth noting that this tournament isn't an official Psyonix-endorsed Rocket League event. Instead, it's organized and hosted by League of Rockets which is run by well-known names within the game's community. All the games will be streamed live on the League of Rockets Twitch channel.

But it doesn't matter much that this isn't officially sanctioned by Psyonix because League of Rockets went out and got most of the best players in the world to compete. That's where the World Cup gets really interesting: When you look at the rosters. Nearly half the countries have a veritable dream team playing for them, but none of them fully stocked with teammates that they regularly play with (by my calculation, anyway).

Here are all the countries and players playing in the Rocket League World Cup 2017:

Rocket League players fight for national pride in the game's first ever World Cup screenshot


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