The Rocket League Championship Series announced on Wednesday that Season X will bring massive changes to the structure of Rocket League esports.
The number of yearly RLCS world championships will be reduced from two to one. The calendar year of competition will now begin with an open qualifier, which teams can sign up for through Battlefy. There will be three splits per season -- fall, winter and spring. Each split will feature three standalone regional events for North America and Europe, for a total of 18 per season, and will culminate in a Major, with three Majors per season. The fall split will feature 32 teams, winter 24 teams, and spring 20 teams.
The World Championship will expand to 16 teams: six from North America, six from Europe, two from South America and two from Oceania. The latter two regions will have their own circuit of events that will lead them to qualification.
A new weekly tournament circuit format called The Grid will bring top teams together for Grid points, a share of the weekly $10,000 prize pool, better seeding and a spot at Major tournaments. The team with the highest accumulated Grid points will qualify for that split's major. Individual teams will be allowed to stream during Grid events.
The $4.5 million prize pool will include $100,000 per regional event, $250,000 per Major per split, and $1 million up for grabs at the World Championship. By the end of the season, the $4.5 million will have been awarded across all regions.
Sign-ups will begin Wednesday and continue until July 24 for each regional event. Competition will begin Aug. 1 with the first European Regional event. All events in the Fall Split will be online. There is no word on the exact date of the next World Championships.
Season 9's RLCS World Championship event in Dallas this year was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. NRG Esports won last year's Season 8 title in Madrid.