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Introducing the Intel World Open

Ian Nowakowski 

February 25th, 2020


Update, April 8: Due to the evolving global situation around COVID-19, the Intel World Open and the planned May 2 online qualifiers have been postponed until next year.

Have you ever dreamed of representing your country or territory in Rocket League's biggest global tournament yet? The Intel World Open is the first-of-its-kind, international Rocket League tournament that will feature the best players in the world playing as part of nation and territory-based teams. Now's your chance to take to the field and compete for your shot at international glory and the title of Intel World Open Champion! There's a lot of information to cover, so let's get you caught up on everything you need to know.

Tournament Format

Step 1: Qualifier Stage

Your path to the Intel World Open Final in Tokyo, Japan begins with the qualifier stage. There will be two types of online qualifiers. The first type is the National Qualifier. In these qualifiers, one team from each of the countries listed below will be guaranteed a spot at the Live Qualifier in Katowice, Poland.

The second type of qualifier is the Regional Qualifier. The best country or territory from each region will earn a spot at the Live Qualifier. Both qualifiers will have a double-elimination format and will not have a team cap. Check out the list below to see which qualifier you and your team is eligible for:

National Qualifiers:

  • Australia

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • China*

  • France

  • Germany

  • Japan**

  • United Kingdom

  • United States

*Note: specific details on China qualifiers will be revealed later

**Note: the host country, Japan, will have a guaranteed spot at the Intel World Open Live Final in Tokyo.

Regional Qualifiers:

  • Africa

  • Asia (Mainland)

  • Asia (Maritime & Oceania)

  • Europe (Three European seeds will qualify for the Regional Final)

  • Latin America (Mexico and Southward)

  • Middle-East

Step 2: Live Qualifier (Katowice, Poland)

The second step to the Intel World Open Finals will run through the Live Qualifier in Katowice, Poland and will feature the sixteen best teams in the world separated into two groups of eight teams. The teams will compete in a round-robin, with the top two teams from each group automatically advancing to the Intel World Open Finals in Tokyo to join the host country, Japan. After the round-robin stage, the rest of the teams will participate in a double-elimination bracket. The Upper Bracket winner and both teams from the Lower Bracket Finals will qualify for the Intel World Open Finals.

Step 3: Intel World Open Finals (Tokyo)

The epic conclusion of The Intel World Open will be the live Finals in Tokyo, Japan featuring a two-day event showcasing the best eight teams in the world. They will battle through a high-stakes, single-elimination bracket in order to claim the Intel World Open title.

Key Dates

    • Qualifier #1 (Africa, Asia Mainland, Japan, Middle-East, Latin America): May 2-3, 2020

    • Qualifier #2 (Australia, Brazil, Asia Maritime/Oceania, China): May 9-10, 2020

    • Qualifier #3 (Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Europe, United States): May 16-17, 2020

    • Live Regional Final (Katowice, Poland): June 11-14, 2020

    • Intel World Open Live Final (Tokyo, Japan): July 22-24, 2020

We're excited for the opportunity to bring you a new way to experience competitive Rocket League on the international stage. It's set to be a spectacular event that culminates with a dazzling Final in Tokyo, Japan. Don't miss your chance to represent your country or territory's colors and make Rocket League Esports history. Sign-ups open on March 2 so make sure to keep an eye out for additional information and content leading up to the Intel World Open in July!

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