RLCS Lowers Minimum Competitive Age

16 Dec 2023
Tit Krajnik 16 Dec 2023
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  • Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) reduced the minimum competitive age to 13 years
  • The new rule will come into effect with the 2024 season
  • Previously, pro players had to be 15 years old to compete in the RLCS
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On Friday, December 15, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) announced that it had reduced the minimum age to compete in the league to 13 years. The limit was previously set at 15 years.

By reducing the minimum age to compete to 13, RLCS now has one of the lowest age limits to enter the competitive esports scene. And while there are some questions about this change, it sounds like it will benefit the Rocket League scene as a whole.

By allowing 13-year-olds to compete in the RLCS, the offseason transfer window will become far more chaotic, allowing Rocket League teams to enter negotiations with a larger pool of players. However, the time to sign new players is slowly running out, as the transfer window closes in late January for the 2024 RLCS season.

On the other side, allowing 13-year-olds to compete also raises some concerns. Many fans believe that the esports industry is not suited for 13-year-old players who might not be old enough to deal with the stress of being a professional player. There is some truth in that, especially considering no traditional sport would allow players of this age to compete at the professional level.

It’s also important to note that in the United States, the minimum age of employment is 14 years, meaning that no 13-year-olds from the US will be able to enter the RLCS anyway.

Another concern with adding younger players to the professional esports league is the fact that they’ll have to commit to the game full-time, jeopardising their school schedule. And all that without any promise for a long-term career in esports.

Whether RLCS will go back on its decision to allow 13-year-olds to compete in the league remains to be seen. But on the surface, this decision doesn’t sound great, nor was it accepted well by the community.