Just two short months ago, we watched from the edge of our seats as Gale Force Esports won the Rocket League World Championship live from Washington DC. Unforgettable moments like those are what we love about the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS), and we're back to bring you more with Season 5!WHAT’S IN STORE FOR SEASON 5At Psyonix, we are always looking at the entire Rocket League Esports ecosystem and what is best for our players, fans and community. We're pleased to announce that for the first time, the RLCS format will remain unchanged from the previous season! That means more of the same great format in both the RLCS and the Rival Series, but much higher stakes… This season we are once again upping the ante with the largest prize pool in the history of Rocket League Esports! Teams from NA, EU and OCE will have a chance to compete for a $500,000 USD total prize pool for RLCS and a $50,000 USD prize pool for the Rival Series!QUALIFIERS AND IMPORTANT DATESFor the aspiring Rocketeers out there there will be four online qualifiers in NA and EU, each, for a chance to gain entry into the Rival Series. Teams will be able to compete in up to two of the four Qualifiers, with the top 128 teams earning a spot in the Rival Series Play-in. From there, the eligible teams will compete for the remaining spots in either the North American or European Rival Series for Season 5.If you’re interested in making a run at the Rival Series, be sure to grab two friends and get ready to sign up on January 23rd! For OCE contenders, additional details on qualifiers and schedule will be announced soon.For all the info on important dates for the season, check out the breakdown below!Sign-upsJanuary 23 - February 14North American QualifiersFebruary 17February 24February 27March 3European QualifiersFebruary 18February 25February 28March 4Rival Series Play-inNorth America - March 10Europe - March 11RLCS League Play BeginsNorth America - March 17Europe - March 18The Rocket League Championship Series and Rival Series are open to all legal residents of Europe and North America who are 15 years of age or older on the Tournament start date (February 17, 2018).GOOD LUCK, HAVE FUN.As always we’ll have more information as Season 5 commences, including the World Championship location and dates. Be sure to follow @RLEsports on Twitter for any updates regarding the RLCS or Rival Series.With 2017 taking the title for the biggest year in Rocket League Esports and the RLCS, we're excited to get things started in 2018! See you on the pitch this February!