Are Rocket League Crates Good or Bad for the Game?

With the recent Rumble update released by Psyonix Studios, a crates and keys system was introduced to Rocket League. Met with a mixture of excitement, skepticism, and disapproval, the community has taken up multiple stances on the topic.

Personally, I’ve been excited for the Rocket League crate system since the day it was announced, and I think it nets a huge positive for the game overall.

3 Reasons Why Rocket League Crates are Good for the Game

  1. First, you can disable the crates system as being a part of your play experience with the simple check of a box in the options menu. If crates just aren’t for you, then disabling them means you won’t be notified that you’ve received one in a random drop – out of sight, out of mind.
  2. Second, even if you don’t care about the contents of the crates, your unopened crates are still valuable to other players. You suddenly have access to additional inventory that you can leverage to get in-game items that you really want (painted Sunbursts, here we come!). With non-crate item drops, the only really valuable versions you might get are the painted variants, and we’re all painfully aware of how infrequently these coveted, colored items appear. However, with crates, you are always getting an item of value every time a crate drops because of the unopened crate itself. Smart players will use these crates to make guaranteed trades for the items they really want.
  3. Third, the purchase of keys to open the crates helps support Rocket League eSports prize pools. The Season 1 Rocket League Championship Series did wonders, beating out other major titles on Twitch during the live Finals event (such as Call of Duty), and has paved the way for even larger events in the future. All this translates to more exposure for and attention on the game, as well as bigger prize pools for players to support themselves with. Additionally, a greater number of companies will start seeking out players and teams to sponsor and support directly, further establishing the reality that Rocket League players will be able to support themselves full-time and live out their dreams of competing professionally.

Psyonix Isn’t Dumb

It should also be noted that while the items you receive from opening crates are exclusive to the crates system, they do not affect game balance in any way. This is a smart move by Psyonix to prevent players from gaining an in-game advantage over others through crate items (no pay-to-win arguments here).

Wisely cutting ahead of the feared controversies that befell the CS:GO community (CSGO Lotto, anyone?), Psyonix has also taken steps to prevent similar situations by not making crate items a part of your Stream inventory. They’ve also restricted the exchange of in-game items for anything other than other in-game items by making this a violation of their TOS and EULA.

What Does a Rocket League Crate Opening Look Like?

So, what does it look like to open a crate in Rocket League? With the help of the community, I had the amazing privilege of opening 80 crates live on stream. Check out the VOD to get a big glimpse into what it looks like to crack open some crates! Be sure to let me know what your thoughts are about crates in the comments section!