The TikTok Cup Is a New Multi-game Collegiate Esports Tournament

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Collegiate esports league Collegiate StarLeague have partnered with mobile video-sharing platform TikTok to form The TikTok Cup. The TikTok Cup is a team and school-based esports tournament starting on May 9, featuring four games and $60,000 in cash prizes.

The TikTok Cup games include four of the biggest competitive multiplayer games: Fortnite, League of Legends, Rocket League, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The event will take place over eight tournaments, two for each game, with the initial qualifying matches running May 9 – 10 and May 17 – 18.

“Collegiate StarLeague is thrilled to collaborate with the TikTok team to give collegiate gamers the opportunity to create their own content celebrating the intersection of esports, gaming, and the joy of creating TikTok videos,” says Wim Stocks, CEO, Collegiate StarLeague. “We’re excited to see what sort of creative videos players come up with – huge thanks to TikTok for this wonderful partnership.”

With a TikTok partnership comes a video-sharing contest. Esports fans are encouraged to upload gaming and esports-related videos via TikTok, tagging the official StarLeague account and the hashtag #TikTokCupContest. Fifty winners will be selected on May 22. Winners will receive a price pack containing gaming gear and merchandise worth around $100. See here for full rules and eligibility.

Final matches for all four games will stream May 11 – 14 and May 18 – 21 on the Collegiate StarLeague twitch channel.

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Epic Games Acquires Rocket League Developer Psyonix

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Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, have been making waves in the gaming industry by snatching up deals to release new and upcoming PC games exclusively on their Epic Games Store. With the latest news that Epic has acquired Psyonix, those deals are now extending into acquiring entire game developers.

If you’re worried that the same exclusivity fate will befall Rocket League, Epic and Psyonix are quick to address those concerns. “In the long term we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.” Epic plans on bringing Rocket League to the Epic Games Store later this year.

In a later update the official statement added: “We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support.”

“Psyonix has always been a part of the Epic family, and we’re happy to make it official,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games. “We have great respect for how Psyonix has built an excellent team and an incredible community around Rocket League.”

Though Rocket League has never come close to Fortnite’s meteoric rise in popularity, it remains a cherished online competitive sports-car hybrid game, and has been one of the biggest champions of cross-platform play.

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Cross-Platform Support Now Available for PS4 in Rocket League

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In an update this week Psyonix has officially announced a highly requested feature for multiplayer sports-car game Rocket League: Cross-platform support for PlayStation players. The PlayStation Cross-Play Beta is live now for Rocket League. Players on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch can matchmake and play with each other, regardless of platform.

Rocket League had previously supported cross-platform play between Xbox, Switch, and PC. Sony was notoriously the last holdout, refusing to support cross-platform play even while other companies, like Microsoft and Nintendo, played nice. Leave it to the incredible popularity of Fortnite to finally change Sony’s stance last fall, as they started the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program.

The Cross-Play Beta is enabled by default in Rocket League. To double check, head to the Options section of the main game menu to ensure that Cross-Platform Play is checked off.

Cross-platform play is supported in both random matchmaking and private matches. Psyonix is planning on releasing a cross-platform party system as their first update of 2019. The party system will allow for players to team up with friends across any platform.

“Today’s announcement is an important one for us here at Psyonix, because we know how much our community has wanted full cross-platform support for quite some time,” states the announcement post. “It’s because of you, our fans, and our generous partners on all systems and services that have made this possible in the first place. On behalf of the entire team, thank you for your passion and persistence as we continue to do our best to make Rocket League the best experience we can.”

Rocket League is available on PC (Win, Mac, Linux), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. It originally launched in 2015 and remains a popular multiplayer sports game, replacing traditional soccer players with customizable cars. It’s rated E for Everyone.