Partnering up with Psyonix, DreamHack is hosting a new Rocket League tournament series in 2019: the DreamHack Pro Circuit. Spread out over four events throughout the year, the total prize money adds up to $400,000, split up evenly across the stops. With this tournament series, DreamHack intends to double their commitment to Rocket League, something the scene could very much use.
Michael Van Driel, Chief Product Officer at DreamHack AB, explained:
Having already hosted three international Rocket League tournaments through 2017 and 2018 we’ve seen first hand both the size and passion of the Rocket League audience. The launch of the DreamHack Pro Circuit represents our commitment to Rocket League and we are looking forward to a big year where we can continue to innovate and create four of the most compelling Rocket League championships to date.
Josh Watson, Esports Operations Manager at Psyonix, chimed in as well:
Over the past two years we have developed a strong relationship with our partners at DreamHack, and are excited to build upon that success to bring four new live championship events to the Rocket League Esports ecosystem with the introduction of the DreamHack Pro Circuit. The DreamHack team has continuously demonstrated that they share Psyonix’s commitment to providing top-tier products and rewarding competitive environments, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work together to make Rocket League a huge success at DreamHack in 2019!
Through a combination of online qualifiers, direct invitations, and on-site qualifiers, each tournament will feature a minimum of 32 teams. The first stop will be held at DreamHack Leipzig on Feb. 15 – 17, followed by DH Dallas on May 31 – Jun. 2. The final two stops (one in Europe and one in North America) are to be announced in the coming weeks, as well as the details for qualification. If you already know you want to attend, the tickets for DH Leipzig are already on sale!
Having more large-scale tournaments is a great thing for Rocket League. With the RLCS having doubled its prize money to $1 million last season (and hopefully will again for next season), the esport is becoming a more serious option for the semi-professional players and more exciting for the fans. RLCS only just wrapped up and ELeague is around the corner this weekend. With DH to look forward to in 2019 and Psyonix having announced their intentions to add organization-themed in-game items, the future of Rocket League esports is looking a little brighter — for the fans, but especially for those who are dependent on its success.