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After its initial reveal months ago, Intel has finally given us the details for its Olympics-related Rocket League event, the Intel World Open, to be held in Tokyo in July. It will mark the first-ever official country-based tournament in Rocket League history following the unofficial World Cup held by League of Rockets back in 2017.
Eight teams battling for Olympic gold
In the end, eight teams will be playing on the “Olympic” stage in Tokyo. But before then, teams will have to qualify first. This will happen through several stages. Some countries will have a guaranteed spot for a team in the Live Qualifiers, while others will have a longer road ahead of them. The countries that will have a guaranteed spot for the Live Qualifiers through their own national tournament are as follows:
- United Kingdom
- United States
*Japan will have a guaranteed Olympic spot in Tokyo as the host country.
Those that are not in the aforementioned list will have to qualify through the Regional Qualifiers. The standard regions of Europe and South America are there, but we’ll also finally see the Middle-East, Asia, and Africa get their chance at competing at the highest level.
Finally, when all the online qualifying is done, we’ll see 16 teams in Katowice, Poland trying to earn one of the eight spots for the Olympic world stage in Tokyo.
Some disappointing rules
There are some disappointing rules as well, however. Right when other Rocket League events, including the RLCS, were allowing coaches on stage with the teams, the Olympic Intel World Open will not allow them. Additionally, licensed cars such as the Batmobile and organization decals will not be allowed either. This is a kick in the teeth for those who prefer to play the Batmobile as the car sports has a unique hitbox.
Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.