The RLCS Returns for 2024!

2024-01-10 | Psyonix Team

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New year, new Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season, and we've got all the details you need to get up to speed.

Read on to learn more about the format, schedule, and how you can sign up to play against the best players in the world’s most prestigious Rocket League tournament for a global prize pool of over $4,300,000.

Streamlining the Format

First up is the RLCS format, which is getting a new coat of paint for the 2024 RLCS Season. We’re increasing open competition, focusing on long-term sustainability, and widening prizing for more players than ever before.

The 2024 RLCS Season will have three in-person tournaments.

  • RLCS Major 1
  • RLCS Major 2
  • Rocket League World Championship

To qualify for each RLCS Major, there will be three online Open Qualifier tournaments in each region, for a total of six online Open Qualifiers in 2024. Each online Open Qualifier will now use a standardized format across the year. This change aims to provide clarity for both new and seasoned fans:

  1. Open Double Elimination bracket to determine the top 16 teams in each region.
  2. 16-team Swiss System to determine the top 8 teams in each region.
  3. 8-team Single Elimination bracket to determine standings in each region.

RLCS Points will be awarded to the top teams at the end of each Open Qualifier. After each Major’s 3rd Open Qualifier, the top teams in each region determined by their regional RLCS Points standings will qualify and compete internationally in the next in-person Major:

MAJOR QUALIFIED TEAMS

  • North America (NA): Top four (4) teams
  • Europe (EU): Top four (4) teams
  • Middle East & North Africa (MENA): Top two (2) teams
  • Oceania (OCE): Top two (2) teams
  • South America (SAM): Top two (2) teams
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC): Top (1) team
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Top (1) team

Each RLCS Major will use the same standardized format as the Open Qualifiers, but with international stakes and extra RLCS Points to secure on the path to the Rocket League World Championship:

  1. 16-team Swiss system to determine the top 8 teams.
  2. 8-team Single Elimination bracket to crown a RLCS Major Champion.

After RLCS Major 2 ends, the top teams who earned the most cumulative RLCS points for the entire 2024 season in each region will be invited to the Rocket League World Championship to compete for the ultimate title - Rocket League World Champions:

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIED TEAMS

  • North America (NA): Top four (4) teams
  • Europe (EU): Top four (4) teams
  • Middle East & North Africa (MENA): Top two (2) teams
  • Oceania (OCE): Top two (2) teams
  • South America (SAM): Top two (2) teams
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC): Top (1) team
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Top (1) team

In addition, 

  • Prizing distribution has widened significantly in all regions.
    • Each Open Qualifier will now award the top 128 teams cash prizes in both North America and Europe!
    • Each Open Qualifier will now award the top 64 teams cash prizes in South America, Oceania, and MENA!
    • Each Open Qualifier will now award the top 32 teams cash prizes in APAC and SSA!
  • The minimum age to compete in the 2024 RLCS is now 13 years old to further open the league for more players to compete in and win cash prizes.
    • Parent or Guardian permission will continue to be required for all minors to compete.
    • Each Minor that participates in any in-person event will require a Parent or Guardian to attend.
    • Coaches and Managers must be at least 18 years old.
  • The Esports Shop will also refresh early in the season with 30+ teams debuting new custom decals and player banners

For more information on 2024 RLCS Season specifics, please refer to the Official Rules, which will be released soon and will be found here.

New Schedule & Sign-Ups

You can start signing up for events in your region on January 17th! Head over to the RLCS 2024 Season page then to get you and your team signed up and ready to compete! 

Please keep in mind that Roster Lock for the first Regional event of the Season is January 22nd. Make sure you get signed up before then!

Along with a new format comes a new schedule*. You can find a detailed schedule, as well as a broad overview of 2024 below:

RLCS MAJOR 1 - ALL REGIONS

  • Open Qualifier #1 - Double Elimination Stage: January 26 - 28 [February 2-4 EU]

  • Open Qualifier #1 - Swiss Stage: February 2 [February 9 EU]

  • Open Qualifier #1 - Single Elimination Stage: February 3 - 4 [February 10 - 11 EU]

  • Open Qualifier #2 - Double Elimination Stage: February 9 - 11 [February 16 - 18 EU]

  • Open Qualifier #2 - Swiss Stage: February 16 [February 23 EU]

  • Open Qualifier #2 - Single Elimination Stage: February 17 - 18 [February 24 - 25 EU]

  • Open Qualifier #3 - Double Elimination Stage: February 23 - 25 [March 1-3 EU]

  • Open Qualifier #3 - Swiss Stage: March 1 [March 8 EU]

  • Open Qualifier #3 - Single Elimination Stage: March 2 - 3 [March 9-10 EU]

RLCS Major 1: March 28 - 31 in Copenhagen, Denmark

TRANSFER WINDOW

  • April 1 - 14

RLCS MAJOR 2 - NA, MENA, SAM, SSA

  • Open Qualifier #4 - Double Elimination Stage: April 19 - 21

  • Open Qualifier #4 - Swiss Stage: April 26

  • Open Qualifier #4 - Single Elimination Stage: April 27 - 28 

  • Open Qualifier #5 - Double Elimination Stage: May 3 - 5

  • Open Qualifier #5 - Swiss Stage: May 10

  • Open Qualifier #5 - Single Elimination Stage: May 11 - 12

  • Open Qualifier #6 - Double Elimination Stage: May 17 - 19

  • Open Qualifier #6 - Swiss Stage: May 24

  • Open Qualifier #6 - Single Elimination Stage: May 25 - 26

RLCS MAJOR 2 - EU, OCE, APAC

  • Open Qualifier #4 - Double Elimination Stage: April 26 - 28

  • Open Qualifier #4 - Swiss Stage: May 3

  • Open Qualifier #4 - Single Elimination Stage: May 4 - 5

  • Open Qualifier #5 - Double Elimination Stage: May 10 - 12

  • Open Qualifier #5 - Swiss Stage: May 17

  • Open Qualifier #5 - Single Elimination Stage: May 18 - 19

  • Open Qualifier #6 - Double Elimination Stage: May 24 - 26

  • Open Qualifier #6 - Swiss Stage: May 31

  • Open Qualifier #6 - Single Elimination Stage: June 1 - 2

RLCS Major 2: June (to be announced)

ROCKET LEAGUE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

September (To be announced)

*All dates are subject to change, and if any changes occur there will be an announcement from the official Rocket League Esports social handles and in the RLCS Discord server.

As always, catch all the English broadcasts on Twitch, YouTube, TikTok, and in Fortnite's Legends Landing island.  Regional broadcast schedules and watch locations are to be announced.

GL & HF!

We're just getting started with the 2024 RLCS Season. We'll have additional information, broadcast schedules, news, content, and more as the Season gets underway. Keep it locked to Rocket League Esports on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date. We'll see you out there on the RLCS pitch!