G2 Esports Enters Rocket League With A Huge Acquisition
Published on September 18th, 2016
Big news for Rocket League eSports as one of the most recognisable organisations in the industry has decided to take on the title by acquiring one of the biggest team's in the game - iBuyPower Cosmic. The team - originally known as Cosmic Aftershock before its acquisition by iBuyPower - had achieved first-place victory at the first Rocket League Championship Series earlier this year, and has continually proven itself to be one of the best, most dominant teams in the sport. With its purchase, G2 Esports adds Rocket League to its long list of games it has teams for, but most interesting is what this represents for Rocket League. As a relatively new - but growing - eSport, Rocket League doesn't feature the same infrastructure as many other higher profile titles. However, G2 Esports Rocket League team will now be the first salaried squad in the game, hopefully beckoning other high profile names to follow suit. This follows the announcement after the close of the first season of RLCS that a second season is in the works, with an adapted tournament schedule and - most importantly - a larger prize pool of $250,000 that should, hopefully, draw the attention of other big organisations. Except for Flipsid3 Tactics, there aren't any other premier teams in the Rocket League scene. G2 Esports' acquisition changes that and will help to draw a little more viability to a burgeoning - and fascinating - eSport. The old iBuyPower roster will remain the same as it transitions over to G2 Esports, with Cameron “Kronovi” Bills, Brandon “Lachinio” Lachin and Ted “0ver Zer0” Keil hoping to reign as Rocket League champions. They'll be joined by former Cosmic player Cody “Gambit” Dover as substitute and coach. Chief Gaming Officer at G2 Esports Jakub “Lothar” Szygulsk said "This is just the beginning for them, young and hungry, they want more. It’s a pleasure for me that G2 is being the first premiere club in RL. We will do everything in our power to help our players grow and the scene grow." The Rocket League season two qualifier begins this weekend, with G2 Esports first game taking place during the North American qualifier. If you missed the events of Rocket League's RLCS then you really need to check out the best goals from the Championship Finals, or alternatively you can catch up on the Rocket League teams that you need to know - you really should if you want to prepare yourself for the second season.