Rocket League Going Free to Play, Moving from Steam to Epic Games Store

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Psyonix has announced that popular multiplayer sports-racing game Rocket League will be going free-to-play later this summer, along with a major update and the debut release on the Epic Games Store on PC.

The bad (and buried) news is that Rocket League will no longer be available on Steam. According to the official FAQ, however, if you already own Rocket League on Steam, you can still play it and enjoy automatic updates. As long as you link your platform to your Epic Games Account, inventories should transfer.

Rocket League will feature cross-platform play between PC (Steam, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.

If you purchase Rocket League before the free-to-play update, you’ll be given Legacy Status. Legacy Status confers several goodies including a Golden Cosmos Boost, Huntress Player Banner, and all past Rocket League-branded DLC packs.

Veterans player who had played Rocket League before July 21 will also receive the Faded Cosmos Boost when the game goes free-to-play.

The free-to-play update will revamp Rocket League’s challenge system to add weekly and seasonal challenges, to align with other popular free-to-play game such as Fortnite.

No official date was given for the update. Expect more information in the coming weeks. Rocket League is rated E for Everyone.

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.