The rise of Oceanic Rocket League.

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After growing from a small-time attraction to a primetime competition in just over four years, Rocket League’s latest competition introduces more Oceanic talent than ever before.

Rocket League features players piloting Battle-Cars with the complex mission of shooting a soccer ball into the back of the opposing net. While the competitive phenomenon is making waves in North America and Europe, Oceania’s finest players are showing what the game means to them, and what this could mean for the future of Esports in the region.

The Oceania region was introduced in season three of the Rocket League Championship Series and has since shown time and time again that the dynamic region has what it takes to play on the world stage. A total of seven seasons have passed and now that the region has debuted a new team on the international stage, the competition is heating up.

David “Yumi Cheeseman” Lane, a caster for Rocket League’s oceanic scene, says the region is finally being accepted as part of the competition.

“There are some very memorable moments for me, that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Season three where Alpha Sydney was the first team to qualify for Worlds, in a Game Seven Overtime, to the first time that OCE was on the world stage”, says Yumi. “But the thing that was the most emotional for me was London. Having an entire crowd cheering for the OCE teams felt like the first time we truly belonged as part of the international scene.”

Cameron “Kamii” Ingram, a professional player for the Regenades Rocket League team, says the Oceanic Esports scene has developed tremendously.

“Everyone’s talent has improved so much. I think OCE has always been known as the underdogs, we’ve never really been on the NA or EU level. Because we have organisations behind us that can get us to boot camps, we can finally get to that level.”

The addition of OCE representation in international tournaments now means that our homegrown teams get to experience a consistently high level of competition, which can then be brought back to improve more players at home. 

“There’s definitely a lot more intensity at international events. We don’t have many opportunities when we’re overseas, so we want to make them count. We really put pressure on ourselves to perform,” says Kamii.

Esports down under has garnered an incredible following over the past decade, and games like Rocket League are set to further cement our region’s status as a top contender.

“I think Rocket League will always have its community, especially in OCE. I don’t think we’ll be overshadowed by anyone or anything.”

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JAMES BOSCO
James is a student journalist specialising in gaming and entertainment related news stories.

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