Over the decade, there have been millions of rocketers around the world who decided to spend their time on the Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars sequel. The video game created a whole ecosystem with streamers, YouTubers, workshop maps creators, Subreddits and traders.
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In the following blogpost, we will explore why I think that Rocket League isn’t a dying game.
Epic Games bought Psyonix for a good reason
Epic Games acquired Psyonix in 2019. As a result of the deal, Psyonix said it would have access to more resources to support the Rocket League’s competitive e-sports league. Moreover, the video game was brought to the Epic Store in 2020 and was made available for free there. This caused a huge spike in players. Epic surely has some huge plan with Rocket League and their past successes suggest that RL will be successful under them as well.
Rocket League player count is thriving in 2021
On Steam, only 3 video games have ever surpassed a concurrent player count of 1 million players: PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Dota 2. Rocket League joined this 1 Million+ Club. Here are the actual player stats from Rocket League on Steam:
Be aware that these numbers don’t represent the real number of active players on all platforms (just the ones from Steam).
Huge spike in players due to free to play
In September 2020, the game reached an all-time high count of active online players. This was caused because Rocket League transformed into a free-to-play game and the Covid-19 pandemic (many people stayed at home and the number of gamers spiked in practically every game).
It also coincided with the introduction of a big update, including the unveiling of a new Rocket. Weekly and seasonal challenges and several beauty products were also added.
Rocket League doesn’t have any real competitor
There aren’t any games exactly like Rocket League. FPS games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have huge competitors such as the thriving game Valorant and other really good FPS games. So, there isn’t a real alternative where players could go if they want to find something similar to Rocket League.
A growing Esport Community
The competitive scene is still very active in Rocket League even though some tournaments were canceled due to the corona pandemic. Psyonix hosts an RLCS season approximately twice per year, with a season-ending World Championship.
Psyonix adds more and more official tournaments to its game and increases the prize pool.
Throughout the whole season, the Season Xcircuit plan would have a cumulative annual prize pool of more than $4.5 million and culminate in a bigger Rocket League World Championship case. Compared to the prize pool of approximately 1 million dollars in 2019 it’s a huge increase.
Is Rocket League a dying game in 2021?
Rocket League is absolutely not dying. The player number thrives due to Psonix’s move to free-to-play. Moreover, Rocket League has an active Esport community and a huge content creator community on Youtube. It doesn’t have any direct competitors either and it is backed by one of the biggest gaming companies (Epic Games).