RLG turns 5
As you’ve probably noticed, tomorrow, July 7th, is Rocket League’s fifth anniversary. Psyonix started the celebrations for the anniversary last week with new items and limited time game modes. You can find out more about that by clicking here. However, the game’s birthday is not the only thing to celebrate this month, because today, July 6th, RL Garage turns five years old! That’s right, we’re old enough to start school!
It’s safe to say everything that’s happened in the past five years has far exceeded our expectations. Way back in mid 2014 when we first decided to make a fan site, or even in May 2015 when we started proper development, we never envisioned that this would be more than a little hub for a game barely anybody had heard of. Perhaps we’d get 50 users, a few tournaments would be organised through our tournament system, and we’d have a little fun along the way.
Rocket League’s sheer success took us by surprise as much as it did Psyonix. Dave Hagewood, CEO of Psyonix, famously announced that he’d eat “a bunch of bread” if Rocket League hit 10,000 concurrent players in its first week. He was quickly made to eat those words, along with the bread, after the concurrent user count peaked at 183,000.
As Rocket League grew, so did we. In our first few months we were serving thousands of page impressions per day, offering news, tournament organisation features, and game information. As Rocket League became more popular, so did we, and new features, predominantly our trading system, drew more and more of you to the site as time went on.
Too much has gone on in the past five years to cover everything, but throughout that time there’s been one constant - you. Your use of the site has allowed us to keep doing what we love, to keep serving Rocket League players around the world. You’ve helped to start careers, you’ve turned hobbies into actual jobs, and a lot of you have genuinely turned into friends along the way.
So really there’s just one thing we want to say: thank you! Your continued support and use of the site means everything to us, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the past five years as much as we have.
There are so many people we’d like to thank specifically, but there are too many of you to list sensibly. That said though, a huge thank you has to go to our incredible moderation team. Without you things just wouldn’t work, so thank you so much for helping us keep the engine running. It’s been great getting to know you all too.
Thank you to everybody who’s helped us along the way. Some people have been around the whole time, others have come and gone, but you’ve all played a part. We’ve made some great partnerships over the years, from Rocket League Central to Rocket League Insider. Even if you’ve just given us some passing advice, thank you.
And, of course, thank you to everybody who’s worked on the site, contributed content for us, or helped to develop the app. There have been so many of you over the years, but whether you’ve written one article or thousands of lines of code, we appreciate every one of you.
Last but not least, we have to thank Psyonix too. Without them creating Rocket League, none of this would have ever happened. It’s brought all of us together. It has created careers, and for that we are truly thankful.
So, what’s next? We’ve got a few cool feature ideas that we’re working on (did someone say premium?), and we’ll continue to work to make the site as fast and responsive as we can. We’re not in a position to announce specifics just yet, but if you want to be the first to know when we drop new things you should follow our social media channels!
Fun fact: RLG launched on July 6th, 2015 – one day prior to Rocket League’s official release date.
As a token of our appreciation for your continued support, we’ll be hosting a giveaway for 3 Titanium White Interstellar Black Market Animated Decals. All platforms are welcome!
Visit this page to enter the giveaway: https://rocket-league.com/giveaway/5th-anniversary
A few words from the team vicegold – Founder, Co-owner, Designer, Frontend dev
While SARPBC has been just a fun little game for me and my friends since 2009, Rocket League has become a much bigger part of my working life in a way I never dreamed possible. QuestFerret, serubi and I had the idea to build a platform for videos and RL tournaments and fantasy sports in 2015 after the RL Alpha in 2014.
I never thought that this would one day become the biggest Rocket League trading platform, for which there is even a mobile app. In the beginning I was just an interface designer with limited programming experience and today I am responsible for the everything design, frontend and parts of the backend. To create something that helps a community so much is an awesome experience!
I am also very proud of our team of moderators, who process hundreds of reports & support requests daily to ensure that our community continues to be the best place to trade for beginners and professionals alike. All this could only happen with great companions and friends.
My steepest little moment though was when Psyonix showed my logo for our event Rocket Royale in every Rocket League stadium!
Thanks for everything RLG Team!serubi – Founder, Co-owner, Lead developer
I started my Soccar journey back in early 2009, when I stumbled upon Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars in the PlayStation Store. I used to play every day after school with my brother, Fyshokid. The community back then was small, but extremely passionate about the game and its developers. Those of us who stuck around got to play the alpha in early 2014. We were stoked!
When we started RLG, I was practically new to web development. I remember studying much of the code written by QuestFerret, so I learned a lot from him (thanks bud). Ironically, working on RLG has taught me way more about web development than college ever has. I’m very grateful for having such a meaningful project to work on every day, which is backed by such a great community.
And to all the RLG staff, y’all rock!QuestFerret – Founder, Backend Developer
The past five years have been crazy. I’ve not really been working with RLG for a couple of years now, but the memories that I have from the early days of the site are brilliant. My passion was always the esports side of Rocket League, and to have got to put on big events, some in partnership with Psyonix themselves, was amazing. Without that experience I definitely wouldn’t be in the position I am today.
Thank you to everybody on the RLG team and everybody in the wider Rocket League community. It’s been great getting to know so many of you, particularly those I’ve met in person at events. I have to give a shout out to the teamspeak crew too, some of the best memories are all the late night chats about all things Rocket League. Thanks for helping to make the Rocket League community what it is.Albino Peacock – Co-owner, Lead Mobile App Developer
I started my journey here at RLG back in January of 2017. Less than a year out of college with barely any real world software project experience, I was eager to contribute to the RL community that I loved so much. vicegold asked me if I could make a mobile app and I said "Well, I never have, but I'd love to learn!". A couple scrapped versions and a couple years later we finally released RL Garage on iOS and Android. An accomplishment I'm extremely proud of. Working on this project has been pivotal not only in furthering my professional career but it has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people in the RL community. This community helped me get through some of the hardest points in my life and for that I am forever grateful.
Thank you to all of the RL Garage staff, from admins to mods to discord staff, everything you all do helps make our little corner of the internet a great place to call home.Metazolid – Support Administrator
Time surely flies when you're having fun. I'm not a man of many words, but about four years ago, I started off as the first moderator to help and establish the support foundation and team as it stands today. Working on emails, reports and quality control, has been my field of expertise ever since. It feels like I'm spending most of my ingame time tinkering on my cars. Out of spite I created the Design Contest about a year ago, and we concluded the most recent one just last week. (Check it out!)
It has been a fun and certainly interesting journey so far, both how we as a website and team have developed, as well as the people we had the opportunity to work with along the way.Meggel – Backend Developer, Frontend Developer
I'm keeping my part short, because everyone else has much more to tell. I have joined staff just recently.
All work and effort put into this community is nothing short of amazing. You could not ask for a better, more dedicated team of developers, administrators, and moderators. I am very thankful for being part of Rocket League Garage and for being given a role to make it a better and safer place.Kiod – Community Admin
Rocket League has changed my life dramatically over these past few years. Looking back, everything could have easily ended up differently. I could have simply changed my mind and not bought the game, and who knows what I’d have ended up doing instead right about now. Though everything that has happened from the time i clicked “Buy”, for $19.99 on August 14th, 2017, has now led to my direct quote in an article talking about how it all started. First starting off, I had no idea how to do anything, and realistically, no goals to go anywhere. However, this changed with my influences, the same people that told me to buy Rocket League were the same ones that would scam others, with no remorse. I wholeheartedly disagreed with this, and never participated in their taunting games after they scammed users and banned them from their discord server. This motivated me to take a stance against scamming, and I decided right then and there that I wanted to make a name for myself protecting innocent users in rocket league communities from scammers. Over time, I became more and more involved in Anti-Scam procedures, and after a few months of helping my friends find trades on Rocket League Garage (which was plagued with scammers at the time I decided I wanted to reach for the stars. Rocket League Garage, the largest trading platform in Rocket League, that was my next big goal, and I was driven by motivation that for every scammer I helped ban, it was one less scam they would make on the platform.
This then became my daily routine, and for hundreds of hours I worked to reach this goal, no matter how long it took, I would become a moderator for Rocket League Garage. After working as hard as I could for nearly 2 months, I was able to achieve this goal. I’m going on my two year anniversary this month, July 31st, what a ride it’s been. Now, I want to take some time to thank those who have helped make Rocket League Garage special.
vicegold - Thank you for creating the website and turning it into what it is today, none of this would be as incredible if you weren’t such a dedicated, kind, and caring boss that you are to all of us. You truly are an inspiration that we all look up to, as a mentor, and a leader throughout our community.
serubi - There aren’t many people with the same exceptional talent you have, you are a master of your craft when it comes to website development work . While this truly is amazing in itself, you are also a key figure in our community and work tirelessly to improve Rocket League Garage with little recognition for it. We respect you, and we appreciate all that you’ve done for us for the 5 years.
QuestFerret - While we haven’t known each other for very long, I’ve read into what you’ve done for us in the past, and the hard work you’ve put in over the years, and it’s absolutely fabulous. You were a great pick to join our team when we needed you most, and you have been a large part of RLG ever since.
Albino Peacock - You’ve gone through thick and thin with Rocket League Garage, from leading a team to create a mobile app when you had just about no app development experience, to single handedly carrying the website when all other admins and staff members were away - could you be more inspirational? Sure you can, you found me when I knew no one at Rocket League Garage, I didn't even know who the owners were. Here you are, all of these years later, still working at RLG with the same determined and hard working mindset as you were from day one.
Metazolid - Back in the beginning, we lacked structure and efficiency in our moderation team, and that’s because we didn’t even have a moderation team! You were able to change that, even though you didn’t have much to work with, you still pulled it off. If anyone can be credited with the exceptional levels of internal staff efficiency and productivity, it’s you.
Meggel - When we first met, I wasn’t sure what to think of you, but now I’ve definitely formed an opinion. You are an incredibly hardworking and dedicated individual with so much talent it’s astonishing. What you’ve accomplished in such a short time here is just remarkable and I strongly believe that you were the best addition to the Site Admin team out of anyone else we could have picked. Keep on working hard, and breaking the boundaries of Development work.
For everyone who I did not include, thank you, from our Senior Moderators, Site Moderators, Discord Moderators, Discord Supports, Translators, Writers, Former Staff, and all of the other users out there, thank you. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to this Community, for allowing me to interact with all of you daily, and allowing me a place to grow and further my goals in my life.
Happy Birthday Rocket League Garage, and one last thank you for these amazing memories that will last me the rest of my life.
P.S. Rocket League will have it’s own birthday party on July 7th. Sneak a birthday card to them for me.FIGHT ME – Senior Moderator
When I first discovered Rocket League in late 2015, I immediately fell in love. Flying cars with rocket-powered boosts? Aggressively bumping and demolishing other cars? Oh yeah...and there's soccer, too! I only drove a Merc, and I only played 4v4 chaos. It was both hilarious and epic. I was terrible at the game and I didn't even care, because I was happy. Rocket League instantly became my #1 favorite game to play.
I quickly realized that finding new items for my car was like searching for a lemonade stand in the desert. I didn't know where to look, and the pain of waiting was immense. It legitimately felt like I might never get the items I wanted...until I found RL Garage. RL Garage has consistently and continually been the best and most popular Rocket League trading site by far, and I am extremely proud to have helped moderate it for the last year and a half. If you play Rocket League and you want your car to look cool, odds are: you need RL Garage. That says a lot, and I hope the creators and users of RL Garage feel as proud as I do to be a part of something that is so meaningful to so many people.XRMissie – Senior Moderator
I started my RL journey in late 2015, not that long after the launch of the game. I've seen and been through virtually all of the game's history, including the addition (and subsequent removal) of crates, keys vs credits, painted variants, total rank overhauls, the famously long Season 3, extra modes being announced... And of course, the addition of player-player trading. When trading was added, I didn't really think much of it at first. I genuinely thought "oh, this is just a worse version of Steam trading", but I couldn't have been more wrong. As time went on and more items were added, I was struggling to find a reliable place to find advertised trades... Until I discovered Rocket League Garage.
One day, I decided to join the RLG discord for the chance to win a juicy item; little did I know how much that simple action would've changed my life. For a while, I forgot that I was in the RLG server, until a ping came through, looking for support staff. While I had been a moderator in other very small servers, I didn't think I'd have a chance if a bunch of other people applied to this colossal trading group, but I applied anyway. Some time passed and I thought nothing of it... Until one of the administrators, Sanqu, DM'd me to congratulate me on my new position at RLG!
From this point on, nothing has been the same, in the best possible way. I started out as Discord Support, was offered a promotion to Discord Moderator after some time, and was even promoted to Senior Moderator. I've been a part of this community for around 1.5 years, and I've loved every minute of it. The sense of community, the wonderful staff team, the satisfaction of protecting well meaning traders, and so much more. Never would I have thought that RLG would provide such experiences, but here I am today. I've learned things that will absolutely stick with me for as long as I live.
It's insane to think that because of some whacky car-football game, I would end up here, with such profound experiences. Thank you, Psyonix for developing this game, thank you to the admins for creating RLG, and a special thanks to both the community and rest of the staff team. I don't even want to imagine where I'd be if it weren't for this game and trading group I happened to find myself in.
Happy 5 year anniversary, Rocket League, and Rocket League Garage. Here's to 5 more!dpants – RLC Statistician
I don’t enjoy driving games. I don’t even enjoy soccer/football. Yet five years later I find myself an active member of a still-growing community of people brought together by a game of car soccer. That wouldn’t be the case if it weren’t for Rocket League Central and Rocket League Garage. Their 2015 brainchild, Rocket Royale, was so enjoyable that I needed to be a part of it. So I leveraged my desire to learn how Rocket League works through statistics and data and volunteered to provide that info to the RLC Pro League. I’m grateful they let me.
The Rocket League Garage and Central teams were a family of creative, hard-working, and intelligent people driven by the desire to show the world what this “little game that could” had to offer. Hours upon hours of free time were dedicated into making the Pro League run as best as we were capable. Through that we found ourselves with this new, world-wide network of friends whom we’d most certainly never meet otherwise. The RLCPL felt like the first real glimpse of what Rocket League could look like as an esport--it’s grand finals remained my favorite series of Rocket League for over two years; finally usurped by RLCS Season 5 Grand Finals. Shortly after the RLCS was announced and our beloved CloudFuel was hired by Twitch to help run it. Rocket Royale came back with the help of Psyonix to offer continued support to the emerging professional tier of Rocket League players for roughly five more months.
As the esports scene evolved, many of our group found opportunities with other emerging community groups and companies looking to enter into the space and through that we continued collaborating on many different projects while maintaining rich, fruitful friendships. I know that if Rocket League were to become that “dead esport” that everyone loves to claim ad nauseum that we would remain close friends regardless of what our next project was. And we aren’t alone. Rocket League has brought tens of thousands of people together to form their own small communities and I know that, for many, their friendships will last beyond Rocket League as well.Interesting Resources
RLC Pro League Playoff Grand Final - Crown & Jewels vs FlipSid3 Tactics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKuOKIwjUwI
CEO of Psyonix, Dave Hagewood’s bread https://twitter.com/RocketLeague/status/623890854696976384
Noclip Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjA9IGJvB_E
Our About https://rocket-league.com/about
The history of Kevin (our mascot) https://rocket-league.com/kevin