theScore esports Daily (May 2): Epic Games buys Rocket League Developer Psyonix while North part ways with cadiaN and pick up JUGI from OpTic Gaming

by Devin Jones 6 months ago
Thumbnail image courtesy of Rocket League Press Kit / Psyonix

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Epic Games buys Rocket League Developer Psyonix

Fortnite and car ball fans rejoice! Epic Games has bought Rocket League developer Psyonix for an undisclosed amount of money.

In a blog post on the Rocket League website, Psyonix said that "In the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before."

After fans voiced their concern about Rocket League being excluded from the Steam marketplace—as has been the case with other Epic Games exclusives like Metro Exodus and The Division 2—Psyonix clarified their position later in the day.

"We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support."

In a statement given to Variety, Epic declined to say whether or not Rocket League would be exclusive to the Epic Games store following it's late 2019 release on the platform. The company did note that "Continued patches, DLC and all other content that hits the PC version of the game through the Epic Game Store will also appear on Steam for those who already own the game."

So in short, if you want to play Rocket League through Steam, buy it right now.

North part ways with cadiaN and pick up JUGi from OpTic Gaming

Announced via the organization's Twitter account, North has parted ways Casper "cadiaN" Møller and picked up OpTic Gaming's Jakob "JUGi" Hansen in his stead.

In a TwitLonger post, cadiaN said it was "A full learning experience to play for North, and I’ve gotten to know my self even better than I did before, which I think makes the journey itself valuable enough for no regrets to be made."

In the wake of cadiaN's absence, North promoted Valdemar "valde" Bjørn to the position of team captain, announcing the news in conjunction with JUGI joining the organization.

Recently, JUGi and OpTic Gaming placed 5th-8th at World Electronic Sports Games 2018 while North and cadiaN registered a 5th-8th place finish at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7.

Devin Jones is a content creator at theScore esports, you can follow him on Twitter.