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The Intel World Open, the nation and region-based event for Rocket League and Street Fighter V ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, is making its return after last year’s cancelation, Intel announced.

The international tournament is taking place wholly online, as opposed to the original LAN setting. Participants will represent their country or region for a shot at national glory and a piece of the $250,000 prize pool for each game. The qualifiers for both games begin on June 1. The Regional Finals will take place in July of 2021.

Intel World Open: international competition for Rocket League and Street Fighter V

The Intel World Open will be the first official nation-based tournament for Rocket League. France, the United Kingdom, Germany, the U.S. and Canada will play in their own national qualifiers fofr their respective finals. Meanwhile, a host of other countries are sectioned into larger regional qualifiers. These include Europe (East, West and North), the Middle East, Asia (Mainland) and more. The four regional finals will feature EMEA, Asia (Mainland), Asia (Maritime) and Oceania, as well as the Americas.

On top of the official international nature of the event, the Intel World Open will also give other regions — that normally don’t compete in the Rocket League Championship Series (such as Asia, the Middle East, Central America and Africa) — a chance to shine.

Street Fighter V is, of course, a 1v1 game. So, nationality has always tied into the competition. However, qualification and the finals will be done differently this time. Eleven regions will play their own online Regional Final from July 16 through 21, with eight players each. The division of countries for each region and the number of players per country going to these finals are listed on the official Intel World Open Street Fighter V page.

Signing up for this event opens on May 15, 2021 and the open and closed qualifiers occur throughout June.


Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.


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