Rocket League developer Psyonix has revealed details for its North American Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) 2021 Spring Season.
Similarly to the previous seasons, the league will be split into the Western and Eastern Conferences, with ten teams from the US and Canada competing in each of the divisions.
The 2021 CRL Spring Season begins on March 14th with two days of open qualifiers per Conference that will determine who joins four pre-seeded teams. After the open qualifiers conclude, CRL’s double-round-robin league play will kick off on March 31st and will run for five weeks, followed by regional playoffs at the start of May.
Four leading teams from each division will qualify into the Conference playoffs and the top two teams of each playoff will then advance to the single-elimination Spring Championship on May 6th.
A shared prize pool of $75,000 (~£ 53,757) has been announced, with rewards being distributed among teams in form of scholarships, each with a value ranging between $2,000 (~£1,433) to $5,500 (~£3,943).
The tournament will be available to watch on Rocket League’s Twitch channel.
In addition to the main CRL league, the publisher introduced a new, open level of competition available on high school esports platform PlayVS. The competition will feature a prize pool of $50,000 (~£35,850) in Scholastic Awards for teams that didn’t make it into the main league.
Esports Insider says: It is great to see Psyonix continue its collegiate efforts, making it possible for students to obtain scholarships through competitive gaming – similarly to traditional sports, and therefore contributing to the development esports’ ecosystem.