Last month, Psyonix’ vehicular arena soccer video game, Rocket League, was bought by Epic Games, a move which many players questioned, especially in regards to the game’s competitive ambitions. At this past weekend’s RLCS Season 7 World Championship finals, one group of displeased Rocket League fans made it known to a national audience just how unhappy they were with the move.
A group of fans wearing sailor outfits had been vying for some camera time throughout the broadcast by posing and playing with their mustaches in the same manner as the villainous Hanna-Barbera character, Dick Dastardly. Once they realized that the camera was on them - which was broadcast to the entire arena, as well as the online audience - the group stood up and turned around to reveal the message that was written on the back of their shirts, which were the words “Epic Fail” contained within a logo similar to that of Epic Games.'
The camera quickly cut back to the commentators (though certainly not quick enough), who continued on with the broadcast without mentioning the on-screen antics, even though you could tell they were a bit tickled by the incident. The arena audience, on the other hand, could be heard laughing while pointing at the Jumbotron.
In all honesty, the cameras should have probably avoided the group of fans in the first place, since the front of each of their shirts contained single special characters that, when put together, spelled out the “$#@%!” quick-chat reaction available to players in-game.
Of course, the RLCS Season 7 World Championship also produced some less troll-related news, with the audience in attendance having set a Guinness World Record for the longest wave ever, breaking the former record by nearly ten minutes.
the wave went for nearly 27 MINUTES— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) June 23, 2019
the power of gamers
Rocket League has long been considered one of gaming’s saltiest titles. So much so, a “Salty”-themed banner and salt shaker topper are available to players for showing off their saltiness. That attribute appears to have bled into real-life hijinks. But, as political activist Barbara Ehrenreich once said, “Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”