RLCS Major 1 competition arrives in Copenhagen

The RLCS has exciting news for Rocket League fans: Copenhagen, Denmark has been chosen as the host city for its highly anticipated first Major tournament of the year. From March 28th to 31st, the prestigious K.B. Hallen Arena, with a capacity of 4,500, will witness the intense competition among 16 talented teams vying for a generous prize pool of $255,000 (~£203,000). What makes this event even more special is that the live audience experience will be available exclusively on March 30th and 31st.

Tickets for these thrilling dates will be released for sale later this week, so be sure to secure your spot. This marks a historic moment as Denmark hosts its inaugural Rocket League arena event. Get ready for an unforgettable display of Rocket League skills and electrifying atmosphere in Copenhagen!

Prize fund and fight for RLCS points

In addition to the prize pool, teams will be competing for RLCS points, which play a crucial role in qualifying for the highly anticipated Rocket League World Championship.

For the 2024 season, the RLCS has undergone a transition in its operations, now being managed by tournament organizer BLAST, in partnership with Epic Games’ FNCS ecosystem for Fortnite. This shift in management has brought about various changes to the competition’s format, with a notable scaling back compared to the previous season.

The RLCS will feature two Majors throughout the season, leading up to the grand finale, the Rocket League World Championship in September. However, there has been a noticeable decrease in the overall prize pool for the 2024 season, now totaling $4.3 million, a significant drop from the $6 million figure in 2023. This adjustment has sparked criticism from the passionate Rocket League community and stakeholders alike.

Despite the criticisms, the RLCS’s revamped qualification format has yielded a substantial increase in viewership. Notably, the RLCS 2024 Major 1: EU Open Qualifier 1 reached a peak viewership of 413,177, as reported by Esports Charts. This marks the second-highest peak viewership ever recorded for a Rocket League esports event, with only the RLCS 2022-23 World Championship surpassing it with 468,292 viewers. Open qualifiers in North America also garnered similar viewership numbers compared to the previous year.

Copenhagen is set to host not only the RLCS Major in 2024 but also another major esports event. PGL, a renowned tournament organizer, will be hosting CS2’s Major Copenhagen in March, marking the game’s first Major since its transition from CS:GO.

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