To the dismay of many in the gaming community, Epic Games, the company behind the wildly successful battle royale title Fortnite, announced the acquisition of Rocket League developer Psyonix Studios on Wednesday.
— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) May 1, 2019
According to the announcement, the deal was made for an undisclosed amount and is set to close by late May or early June.
In discussing the impact of the acquisition on the Rocket League esports ecosystem, the Psyonix team stated, “We think this is a great move for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem because it significantly increases our potential reach and resources, just like it does for the game itself. We really do believe that you’ll find our future in esports to be very exciting — especially in the near future.”
With the latest acquisition, there have been rumors that Rocket League would be removed from Steam in favor of Epic’s own store. However, the team has since come out to confirm that the game will exist on both platforms — although, some aren’t sold on that promise.
Despite the public outcry, the acquisition appears to be another win for Epic Games, which reportedly brought in $3 billion in profits in 2018 on the back of Fortnite’s blockbuster success.