Rocket League developer Psyonix has announced that it plans to invest over $2.5 million into its eSports programs this year.
The blog post in which the studio detailed its plans for this year revealed that the company will be supporting all levels of competition with the funds. Over one million will be used as prize pools for the RLCS, but the rest will go to different areas such as bringing Rocket League to multiple major eSports events and conventions such as PAX.
There will also be a lot of cash thrown into the grass roots scene, with expanded weekly tournaments in multiple regions, new competitions for the Xbox One and even “a true collegiate Rocket League eSports program.”
“We believe that Rocket League is a game and eSport where everyone can compete, everyone can progress, and everyone can enjoy,” said Psyonix in the blog post. “It was with that in mind that we started to evaluate the best way we could invest in esports with the funds earned through our community-funded ‘Crates and Keys’ pool.”
“We quickly realized that we needed to take a different approach when it came to our esports program, and while conventional wisdom normally dictates that we just drop additional loot on top of the existing RLCS prize pool, we wanted to do something more. A community-funded prize pool should benefit the ENTIRE community — whether it means a group of friends competing over the weekend or the absolute best in the world vying for the RLCS World Championship.”