On the official page of Rocket League game, the developers of the game published information about what they prepared for Rocket League players in 2017.
They believe that Rocket League may develop as an esports discipline, and decided to gather $2,500,000 via crowdfunding with the Cases and Keys system used by many companies including Steam, Blizzard, etc.
In a result, the developers of Rocket League managed to collect necessary sum of money and they announced what exactly will be done in 2017 to develop Rocket League as an esports discipline:
— More than $1,000,000 in total prize pools (including RLCS)
— Bigger, more meaningful appearances at multiple major competitive gaming festivals
— Onsite events at major gaming conventions, including PAX, SXSW, and more
— Extensive funding for community-run tournaments
— Expanded weekly tournament support in multiple regions, including Europe, North America, — Oceania, South America, and more
— A true collegiate Rocket League Esports program
— A new series of tournaments for the Xbox community
— An all-new weekly talk show on Twitch that covers all things 'RLCS'
— A robust new eSports hub on the Rocket League website
— Ongoing charity tournaments
— Numerous in-game esports features and enhancements
This is a preliminary information, and the plans of the developers may change any time. There is no doubt that Rocket League should strengthen its positions in esports industry in 2017. Now we just need to watch the decisions of the developers and the development of Rocket League as esports discipline.