RLX’s Guide to Rocket League in South Africa
dfthaman, Co-owner of RLX
Magoo, RLX Writer & Proofreader
Released more than two years ago, Rocket League and its developers, Psyonix, quickly gained a loyal fan base on Playstation. Ported over to PC, and much later Xbox and Switch, the cross-platform jet-powered car-soccer simulator has become a big hit amongst competitive and casual players alike. This is especially true in Southern Africa, where we’ve had to stick it out on European servers for well over two years now. As you probably know, that is no longer the case. Servers have made their way ashore and the local scene is expected to flourish.
Entering a new gaming scene can be quite daunting at first – you don’t know the setup, the players, the organisations, or how to navigate through the maze that is competitive esports. But fear not! We have compiled a guide to help you to become a fully-fledged member of local Rocket League action.
There are primarily 4 organisations that arrange Rocket League tournaments – African Cyber Gaming League (ACGL), VS Gaming (previously Telkom Digital Gaming League), Rocket League Xpress (RLX) and Dragon Dust. We will also be detailing how to become part of the community on the four respective gaming platforms that Rocket League is available on.
African Cyber Gaming League is one of SA’s premier esport organisations.
ACGL is one of South Africa’s premier esport organisations for Rocket League. Founded by Clint O’Shea and Nick Holden, ACGL hosts tournaments for a wide range of titles, from Overwatch to Injustice 2 to Rocket League. The ever-increasing popularity of ACGL is a result of their dedicated owners and staff members, who are listening to the player-base and catering to their needs.
They host weekly tournaments in the format of either 1v1, 2v2 or 3v3. They also come in 3 variations – CC (Connection Credits) tournaments which are free to enter where you win CC and XP (experience points); Cash tournaments which requires CC to enter and then have a cash prize pool with the lowest XP rewards; and 2K – free to enter where you can earn the highest amount of XP. They also host big tournaments like the MWEB Gamezone Masters Series (MGMS) which you can read about here, and watch here and here. Every month they publish a video of the top 5 plays of the month (for a variety of games) – players are encouraged to submit their best and funniest clips. Here are two videos where the authors of this article were featured – Magoo & dfthaman.
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How to sign up? Head over to their site, create a profile, create a team, invite your mates and get signed up for the weekly events. It is always well-hosted and lots of fun.
VS Gaming has for long been the go-to organisation for competitive esports in South Africa with the year-end championships always taking place at the rAge Electronic Expo in Johannesburg.
VS Gaming is one of South Africa’s biggest esport organisers. For Rocket League, they host a ladder and a league system where players can compete in teams of 3 (excluding substitutes). In the beginning of the year there is a qualifier that organises teams into the Premier Division (top 8), the First Division (next 8), Second Division (if there are enough players) and then the rest fall into the bottom of the ladder. Every team is ranked on the ladder and can challenge other teams on the ladder to gain or lose points based on the result. The bigger the gap between teams, the more points can be won/lost and vice versa. If you missed the qualifiers you can still enter your team and then work your way from the lower end of the ladder into one of the divisions.
VS Gaming also hosts one of the biggest LAN Championships every year at the rAge Expo in Johannesburg. Rocket League was selected for the first time as one of the LAN titles to be hosted in 2017.
VS Gaming also has a committee to act as a buffer between the admins and the community, and to assist with rules and disputes. They are: Elf_ZA, mOTHER, Nianfo & dfthaman.
RLX has and will always be looking how to grow and improve the local Rocket League scene.
Rocket League Xpress (RLX) is a website established in 2017 by Daniel Luttig (dfthaman), Lucas Lombard (Luke) and Giulio Solito (Coolguy) dedicated to stimulating growth in the South African Rocket League community. We aim to provide regular tournaments to keep the players active, as well as news articles to keep everyone engaged and up to date on the local scene. With the support of the community, we arrange invitational 6-Mans series as well as several open tournaments, such as 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3. We also do player-interviews to make the community aware of different players and how they see the beautiful game of Rocket League, as well as provide regular tips in order to improve at the game. We also appreciate any donations. Once a donation goal is reached, indicated on the site, we arrange a special tournament with a prize pool. We put our own personal resources and funds into making the website great for everyone and as such all donations go straight into a tournament’s prize pool.
You can read more about us and what we do here; as well as find the wonderful people who assist us with everything.
Read some of our player interviews and other news here.
You can sign up for tournaments here when it opens.
We also arrange occasional 6-Mans events; register your interest here when it opens.
If you want to know more about the competitive scene, check out an overview of the top teams here.
We also offer free coaching; book a session with one of our top coaches here.
If you’re feeling generous you can also donate here. All donations go directly to fund prize pools for tournaments.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Home page: https://www.rocketleaguexpress.co.za/
Our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsXlsDyhJcuge2q0SM3_3pw
Give us a follow on Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest news in South African Rocket League: https://twitter.com/RLX_RSA
Dragon Dust is a new website that hopes to make even more tournaments available to players.
A new website dedicated to hosting Rocket League tournaments with prizes is now live. Dragon Dust is an initiative by Cameron aka CC and his team, to “bring South Africans together in hope of making the Rocket League competitive scene a bit more enjoyable and professional.” He is a web developer and ex-competitive DOTA 2 player and caster with experience in hosting tournaments such as Starcraft, Command & Conquer and DOTA 2 tournaments.
Email: [email protected]
Social media, content creation and building friendships are integral to build a proper gaming community.
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First and foremost, if you have not yet joined the Rocket League South Africa (RLSA) Facebook group, click here and do it now. If you have not joined the RLSA Discord, you can do that here. But whatever your choice of social media, there is a platform for you to get involved. Here are some noteworthy corners of the internet that you might want to check out:
wagter182 (Ex-competitive player, Freestyler)
Click here for more social media channels.
One part of what makes online communities great is the content generated by the people involved with the scene. South African gaming really needs more regular content creators, and people to support and share this content. We hope we can all make a continuous effort to promote online content.
People to contact on the various gaming platforms to become part of the community:
PC: Elf_ZA, dfthaman, Heisenberg_Luke, Magoo & CoolGuy.
PS4: PaPa_Capes, dfthaman.
Switch: David_de_Freitas – Friend Code: SW-0006-9785-8506
If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. A huge shoutout to all the players who have provided us with their valuable input. We hope this guide can make it easier to understand and follow the South African Rocket League scene.