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Rocket League players must use an Epic Games account to access the game; Psyonix removes Quick Play in UI overhaul

Having an Epic Games account is now a requirement to play Rocket League. (Image source: Psyonix)
Having an Epic Games account is now a requirement to play Rocket League. (Image source: Psyonix)
An Epic Games account is now a requirement to play Rocket League, as of the latest update for the game. There is now no way to play Rocket League without having an Epic Games account, and Epic Games will happily break data protection regulations to get you to create one. Psyonix has overhauled the UI too, while removing the quick play button in the process.

Psyonix has brought cross-platform progression to Rocket League, but it has come at a cost. Psyonix announced that cross-platform progression would be coming to Rocket League in August, which it claimed was one of the games most requested features. The company claimed that it was possible to bring the feature to Rocket League by integrating the Epic Games account database. Epic Games acquired Pysonix in May 2019, but the latter assured fans that 'in the short term, nothing will change at all' regarding Rocket League. The company added that 'in the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store', but the latest update for Rocket League goes much further than that.

Psyonix warned in August that:

...creating one or signing into your existing Epic Games account is the first step of the process. You'll be prompted to do this when you start up Rocket League for the first time after the update.

However, it is now impossible to play Rocket League without signing into or creating an Epic Games account. Effectively, Epic Games is holding people who have bought a game to ransom unless they create an Epic Games account. Naturally, creating an Epic Games account requires you to accept Epic Games' Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. However, it is impossible to read these when playing the Steam or Xbox One version of Rocket League before creating an Epic Games account. Acting in this manner is not compliant with GDPR, although it would not be the first time that Epic Games has fallen foul of these regulations.

The latest update for Rocket League may bring cross-platform progression to the game, but it also violates data protection regulations and locks people into using an Epic Games account, even if you already own the game. That is not even mentioning the UI changes that Psyonix has made like the removal of the Quick Play button, which has been widely derided by the Rocket League community.

You cannot play Rocket League without an Epic Games account. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
You cannot play Rocket League without an Epic Games account. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-09-17 (Update: 2020-09-17)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.