Rocket League is a soccer video game developed by Psyonix, first released on Microsoft Windows, and at a later point, joined by ports to other PC operating systems and game consoles, which now features cross-platform play.
The game features two teams of four players on rocket-powered vehicles trying to hit a ball into the opposing team's goal and win points over the course of the match.
Due to the colour palette differing from most of the games on the market, and featuring a fast-paced and accessible gameplay, the game became a huge success with over 40 million players currently.
Rocket League in Esports
Due to the Rocket League's popularity on streaming platforms, Psyonix decided to announce the first tournament in March 2016: the Rocket League Championship Series, with finals taking place in August of the same year, featuring a $75,000 prize pool.
From in-game sales of cosmetics and items, various tournaments across the world were funded from this, including support for smaller scale competitions.
Up to this day, Rocket League Championship Series stays the main competition for professional players across the world, with 2019 marking its 7th season.
Rocket League Championship Series
As of season 7, 4 regions compete in the RLCS: Europe, America, Oceania and South America.
Whether the teams got into the regional tournament league based on their last season's performance or succeeding in their respective region's qualifiers, during the last leg of the region tournament 8 teams in Europe and North America, and 4 teams in Oceania and South America, compete against each other for a month in a Group Stage, where they play best-of-five matches, with the top two from Oceania and South America automatically qualifying for the RLCS Season 7 Finals, while in Europe and North America, top six qualify for the Regional Championship, with the bottom two teams being relegated to the Promotion Playoffs.
In the Regional Championship, teams compete against each other for the prize pool of $214,250, and to get to the finals, for the right to qualify to the RLCS Season 7 Finals and represent their region.
In the RLCS Finals, twelve teams are divided into four groups of 3, with the top 2 teams from each group advancing to the Playoffs stage.
The Playoffs stage is a Single Elimination Bracket, with the teams competing for a $529,500 prize pool and the title of the RLCS Season champions.
DreamHack Pro Circuit
DreamHack Pro Circuit also knows as DHPC, is a set of events organised by DreamHack and Psyonix, that go throughout the year, where 32 best teams from Europe and America compete against each other at 4 Majors for a prize pool of $100,000.
Before you bet
The deceptively easy at first sight gameplay of Rocket League does not compare to the gameplay that you can see at the professional level of play. With the only resemblance to the more traditional game of soccer being the winning condition of scoring more goals than your opponent, you need to first learn the basics of how this game is played, what roles and playstyles players can assume, from defense to dedicated strikers.
As Rocket League is considered more of a niche esport in the view of bookmakers, only the top-tier tournaments will be featured on their pages, thus you will need to pick out a region that is of a preference to you, and learn what teams play there, what are their main strategies during a match, and which style of play do they prefer.
Main betting markets
One of the most common markets, that came over from the traditional sports.
This is the market, where you simply bet on which team will reign victorious by the end of the game.
During the RLCS Finals, some bookmakers could offer the total markets for maps (over/under) during the match. In this market you bet on the condition being over or under the number set by the bookmaker.
Betting on outrights, is similar to traditional sports betting, where you don't bet on a particular match, but on the outcome of the whole event.
This type of market is much more prone to team errors, as this market goes for a longer period of time, during which a team you've placed a bet on, could have a hiccup during a tournament but eventually come back and win the competition.