Orbit Picks up Rocket League Team 'Failure to Launch'

Thu 31st Mar 2016 - 3:15am

Team Orbit has expanded to yet another eSport! This time, Orbit has picked up one of the top ranked teams in the popular sports/cars game Rocket League.

Formerly known as Failure to Launch, the team is currently ranked #4 in the North American Power Rankings put together by They were also recently participating in the Rocket League Central Pro League. 

The roster:

Christopher "Zanejackey" Jacobs (Captain)

 Geno "Genocop"  Copertino

 Chandler "HotWheelsSid" Higdon

"Stev" (substitute)

The team qualified for the Rocket League Central Pro League through the online qualifier and was the only team to do so without being directly invited. Since then, they remained in the top 5 of the Power Rankings long enough to make it to the RLC 'Hall of Fame'. 

Zanejackey, captain of the team, explained why joining Orbit is a big step for them, "What really stood out to me about Orbit, over the other offers I was getting, was that they focused on being one big support group. It’s the type of org where the owner, the co-owner(s) and even graphics artists would have a chat with you about your day and learn about you on a personal level, and you a bit of Rocket League. We wouldn't just be a team that they sponsored, but part of a greater family. This aspect got me excited, because I need help getting better at R6 Siege, and I know Team Orbit can hold their own in that arena. My team is very excited to move forward representing Team Orbit and are excited to blaze the Rocket League trail as it grows into a staple in competitive e-Sport."

Genocop and the others are proud of their accomplishments so far, stating, "We made the journey into the Rocket League Central Pro League fighting our way through the open qualifier tournament, being the only team to accomplish that feat. Once we picked up Sid after the first week of the RLC Pro League had ended, due to our teammate (Mecha) leaving, I knew our squad had explosive potential." 

Rocket League is played on PC and Playstation 4. The full game has been out for less than a year, but had a dedicated fan base upon release due to the fact that it is actually the sequel to a game released around 7 years earlier known as Super Sonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars. It didn't take long for the game to be played competitively, as its had pro leagues hosted by MLG, ESL, and now Rocket League Central . Find more about the history of Rocket League here.

Recently, the game developers, Psyonix, announced the Rocket League Championship Series, a new league with a prize pool of $75,000 dedicated for Season 1. The RLCS is open to players on PC and PS4 in North America and Europe and is completely free to enter. Registration opened up on March 25th. On top of the RLCS, Psyonix has announced several key partnerships going forward, with Rocket League Central, Electronic Sports League, and American Video Game League. These new partnerships mean more tournaments and more money will be available for Rocket League eSports in the near future!

The new Orbit roster is confident and already preparing for what's in store. HotWheelsSid said, "With the infamous NA shuffle happening after the $75,000 RLCS LAN was announced we couldn't afford to take a hiatus. We tried to use this opportunity to get a leg up on the competition considering Failure to Launch was one of the few teams that did not have roster changes." 


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