Following the joint Twitch/Psyonix announcement about Season 3 of the Rocket League Championship Series, Psyonix released its own announcement Wednesday on its plans for Rocket League in 2017. The follow-up is no small potatoes: Psyonix announced a $2.5 million investment into Rocket League esports over 2017. This includes $1 million into prize pools, including RLCS, a more meaningful presence at community events, onsite events at major gaming events, a collegiate Rocket League scene and more.
This statement of intent from Psyonix shows that it is upping the ante for supporting Rocket League's esports scene alongside Twitch. In the announcement Psyonix also promises tournaments for the Xbox side of the player base (in addition to its PC events), as well as charity events throughout the year. One of the most notable parts of the 2017 plans is the expansion of Psyonix-funded tournaments to non-RLCS events. In the past only one or two non-RLCS events had received funding from Psyonix; in the future, weekly tournaments outside of the league may gain more relevance as the prize pool climbs.
Psyonix has supported esports in Rocket League on a smaller scale since day one, with the esports scene's kick-off tournament in the second half of 2015. With this new investment into the scene, 2017 could be Rocket League's year to grow at a monumental pace, as the $1 million prize pool investment is more than all of the previous Rocket League prize pools combined. It remains to be seen whether this ambitious road map will go as planned. If it does, it could benefit all of the Rocket League competitive community and not just the top professionals on PC.