Tough news got tougher over the weekend as Psyonix announced that the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season 9 World Championship – which was canceled on Thursday due to fears over the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) – will not be made up at a later date or in another format.
Instead, rather than crown a world champion for Season 9, Psyonix has opted to pump $250,000 of the planned Worlds prize pool into the respective regional championships. Each regional championship will thus be considered the apex of RLCS Season 9.
An additional $100,000 will be split between the top four finishers in the North American and European regional championships, respectively, with $25,000 split between the top two finalists of the Oceanic regional championship and the same for South America.
This is uncharted territory for the RLCS, not only canceling the scheduled event but also the concept of having one team stand above the rest to win out against the world’s competition. But as mentioned in our previous news story, the entire esports world is reeling over concerns of this outbreak, and many esports have had to make concessions and cancelations in recent weeks.
In happier news, Psyonix suggests that we may see an uptick in official online tournaments to help fill the void in the months to come. The Intel World Open was planned to be the only major thing on the map for competitive Rocket League for the summer, but with the prospect of any live esports events (especially in Asia) being a big question mark right now, Psyonix may step up to help the scene weather this storm.
“We are working on a plan to bring you live online regional tournaments (NA, EU, SAM, and OCE) in the coming months that will continue to deliver the top-flight, high-intensity professional Rocket League you’ve come to expect from Rocket League esports,” reads the post.