Presented in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Intel World Open will descend upon Tokyo this summer to crown international champions in both Rocket League and Street Fighter V. And now we know more about how and when that’s all going down.
Online sign-ups open up on March 2, with the online qualifiers taking place in May following the conclusion of Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season 9. Qualifier #1 (for Africa, Asia Mainland, Japan, Middle-East, and Latin America) will take place on May 2-3, followed by Qualifier #2 (Australia, Brazil, Asia Maritime/Oceania, and China) on May 9-10 and Qualifier #3 (Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Europe, and United States) on May 16-17.
Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and United States will each have a national online qualifier and send their best team to the Tokyo finals.
Meanwhile, Africa, Asia (Mainland), Asia (Maritime and Oceania), Europe (three European seeds will qualify), Latin America (Mexico and southward), and the Middle-East will have LAN regional qualifiers at an event in Katowice, Poland from June 11-14. There’s more detail about all of this on Reddit, if you’re curious.
Ultimately, it will all finish up at the Intel World Open Live Final at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo, where $250,000 will be awarded between the Top 8 teams in the Rocket League competition. The winning team will take $75,000, with the runner-up earning $40,000, the 3rd/4th-place teams taking $27,500 apiece, and the 5th-8th-place teams leaving with $10,000 each.
There’s still some question about the nuances of the rules, including eligibility based on current residency, but hopefully those details will be fleshed out in the coming days. Stay tuned for more ahead of this exciting summer series.