Rocket League should be the next big e-sport

Rocket League could be huge, and I reckon it will be. Here’s why I want it to be.

If you haven’t heard of Rocket League, let me ask you one question: do you like football?

If no; you’ll like Rocket League.

If yes; you’ll like Rocket League.

Take all the whiny teenagers out of football and replace them with rocket-propelled cars (because you would if you could), that have little regard for gravity, cosmetic damage, and the fundamental laws of physics, and you have Rocket League. It’s a frantic, five minute long, bonkers-fest with exploding cars, rocket flips, and goals that cause smoky explosions. It’s tense, exhilarating, and it rarely stops being fun.

It’s easiest to understand it by watching. And I’m not just saying that because I made a video of it.

But I reckon I’d enjoy watching Rocket League even more than I enjoy playing it.

Sports have always been a tough one for me. I enjoy watching most sports, be it rugby, darts,or football, it’s all about getting involved. “Pick a side, cheer them on, and have a generally good time” is my advice for anyone not sure about watching a sport. Getting sucked into the atmosphere at a really good match is something that everyone should experience, even if you don’t really know how the sports are sports’d. Just let yourself go and enjoy being swept along by the tension and the excitement.

When sports start fading into my geeky hobbies though… that’s where things get intense.

Dota 2 is always going to be my first love when it comes to e-sports. I wrote a post on it waaaay back during The International 3, and I will always have a soft spot for the drama and the tension of a really good Dota 2 game.

I have the weirdest erection right now. But it feels so right.

The problem is, the matches are generally really long. And while they may not be as long as the average football game, the feel and pacing are different. And frankly, I’ve always had troubles with my attention span (hence the title of the blog), so I find it difficult to watch multiple matches and to continue to come back to them again and again.

But Rocket LeagueRocket League matches are five minutes long (excluding extra time). In the time it takes the average game of Dota 2 to play (including the picks & bans), I could easily watch ten matches of Rocket League. And that’s likely to be 50 minutes of epic swings, car gymnastics, and some utterly amazing skill. I trust you’ve watched my video by now (and I am trusting you), so go ahead and compare my meagre skills with the ones displayed below.

I shit you not, I learned so much from the first minute and a half of that match. The only thing that needed was quality commentary. Rocket League is as much about positioning as nifty tricks, and having a commentator would really help to shed some light on that.

Rocket League excites me because it’s an e-sport in its infancy. And it’s an e-sport that has the potential to become something really quite special. Less of the slow games of Dota 2, and the RNG ridden meta of HearthstoneRocket League could be the bridge to cross the rift between normal sports and e-sports, just because it’s so much more like traditional sports than anything else we’ve seen so far.

And you know what, I’d be down for commentating some Rocket League. That would be amazing.

What’s your favourite e-sport?

You can grab Rocket League on Steam right now. It’s certainly worth a go, but make sure you have a controller. It needs one. Really badly.

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