F1 Esports Pro Draft Qualifiers Confirmed

  • 66,000 players battled it out to secure a place for the draft
  • Formula 1 teams to choose their official drivers

Formula 1®, the pinnacle of motorsport, today confirmed the 40 online racers who have qualified for the next stage of the F1 Esports Series – the Pro Draft. On Monday 9th July in London, representatives from the nine F1 teams participating to the F1 Esports Series 2018 will use the Pro Draft to select which drivers will join their own esports teams and compete as a professional in the latter part of the season.

Over the course of the four online qualifying rounds, 66,000 players battled it out to secure a place for the Pro Draft, completing 1.1 million laps. A total of 111 territories  (from A for Albania to Z for Zimbabwe) were represented, competing in F1 2017 – the official game of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC – with Great Britain leading with 23% of the players, followed by USA (16%) and Germany (13%).

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Red Bull Racing, Hype Energy eForce India F1 Esports Team, Williams, Renault Sport Team Vitality, Haas F1 Esports Team, McLaren, Toro Rosso Esports Team and Sauber F1 Team will all be offering positions in their driver line ups as part of the series. Every team must select at least one of its drivers from the Pro Draft.

The F1 Esports Pro Draft will see the players travel from 15 countries – including the UK, Chile, Germany and Finland, amongst others – to historic Silverstone in the build up to the Formula 1 2018 Rolex British Grand Prix. There they will undergo a series of tests, assessments and interviews with the teams to demonstrate why they should be selected. The Pro Draft will be streamed online on Facebook and will also be shown live on television.

Once selected, the official esports drivers will represent their real-world teams later on in the season as they race in the three live events that will determine the 2018 F1 Esports Series Teams’ and Drivers’ World Champions. There will be a prize fund of $200,000 allocated to the teams based on their positions in the team standings.

Of the 40 players confirmed for the Pro Draft, 36 came through the Open Qualification phase – four online events on the F1 2017 game followed by four sets of races on each of the three platforms. The fastest nine players on PS4, Xbox and PC have all qualified. Two more players qualified through the Online Qualification Wildcard and are joined by Fabrizio Donoso Delgado and Sven Zürner, who both qualified through last year’s competition finishing respectively 2nd and 3rd.

The F1 Esports Series is operated in partnership with Codemasters, the developer and publisher of the official Formula 1 video game franchise and Gfinity, one of the world’s leading esports companies.

Julian Tan, Head of Digital Growth & F1 Esports at Formula 1 said: 
“Last year’s series was a great success and based on the level of those who have qualified for this year’s Pro Draft, the 2018 season is shaping up to be even more exciting. The drivers will now battle it out for what is a truly incredible opportunity. With the F1 teams involved we have been able to combine the power of Esports with the magic of Formula 1, establishing an authentic series that builds on what we have on the grid. We can’t wait to watch the action unfold.”

Paul Jeal, Formula 1 Franchise Director at Codemasters said:
“We have been incredibly impressed with the speed and race craft that we have seen from our players during online qualification. We have 40 outstanding racers ready for the Pro Draft, with a near equal split on returning finalists and semi finalists from last years competition, and new drivers who are ready to experience the thrill of the live events for the first time. For our gamers to have the opportunity to join a real Formula 1 team is an incredible opportunity and we cannot wait to see them perform on the biggest stage on F1 2018.”

Mark Brittain, Chief Commercial Officer at Gfinity said:
“The online tournament has seen a record number of competitors and the competition has been incredibly competitive. We now look forward to welcoming the top players and their potential Teams to the Gfinity Esports Arena for the Pro Draft as we enter the second phase of our activation.”

CS:GO Asia Championships 2018

PGL introduces the world to its new in-game Augmented Reality tech at the CS:GO Asia Championships 2018

The CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 taking place this week in Shanghai, China, gave PGL the opportunity to implement its new Augmented Reality features for CS:GO broadcasts. 

With a prize pool of $300,000, the CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 features eight top teams from Asia and the rest of the world: Team EnVyUs, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Heroic, Virtus.pro, MVP.PK , VG.Flash Gaming and TyLoo.
The event runs from June 14-18 at the Shanghai Indoor Stadium, a 12,000-seater multi-purpose gymnasium located close to the Shanghai Stadium.

Perfect World partnered with PGL to offer the English broadcast of the event on twitch.tv/pgl . The PGL research and development team worked for months on new features for its CS:GO portfolio. The result was a new form of Augmented Reality for in-game 3D graphics produced with in-house tools, which was introduced in the first day of the event and has once again confirmed PGL’s commitment to innovation.

“We’ve invested a lot of time and resources in order to improve the viewer experience, with the addition of in-game Augmented Reality graphics.”, says Sebastian Honciuc, main show producer.
“This is just a small step and fans should expect more things to come from our CS:GO production moving forward”
The CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 playoffs will take place this weekend, when the six remaining teams will get the opportunity to compete on the stage of the Shanghai Indoor Stadium.
Viewers from all over the world can enjoy the visually enhanced spectacle on twitch.tv/pgl starting Saturday, June 16th, at 9:30 AM local Shanghai time.

FNATIC announces Fortnite team tryouts

-Attendees at E3 this year have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of FNATIC’s Fortnite captain Ettnix-

-Move comes as Epic Games announces $100 million investment into Fortnite competitions- 

LONDON, UK. 7 June 2017: FNATIC, one of the world’s leading global esports brands, today revealed that attendees at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles (June 12-14) will have the opportunity to catch the eye of scouts recruiting for FNATIC’s Fortnite team. The team will be hosting tryouts for the team under the watchful eye of Ettnix, FNATIC’s Fortnite captain and currently ranked top five in the world.

The move from FNATIC comes as Epic Games recently announced plans to offer a prize pot of $100m (£74m) for Fortnite competitions. The prize fund has been set aside for the first year of competitive play of the popular game, due to start later this year.

The tryouts will be located within DXRacer’s booth [Booth #2513] at the main E3 show, the company behind the world’s best gaming chairs and an official partner of FNATIC. It’s a first come, first served event where players will have one life in a solo game in a bid to win prizes from FNATIC’s brand new range of Gearproducts that launched just weeks ago. Kills will be rewarded more than match wins: 5 kills earns players a mousepad and 10 kills earns players a FNATIC Gear Clutch 2 mouse. Players that deliver the best performance of the day will also be rewarded with a FNATIC Gear Streak Keyboard.

The schedule for the tryouts is as follows:

  • Tuesday 12th June: 5PM -7PM
  • Wednesday 13th June: 12AM-2PM
  • Thursday 14th June: 3PM-5PM

Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, Chief Gaming Officer and Co-Owner of FNATIC, said: “Epic’s recent announcement regarding the competitive side of Fortnite is something we as a team are incredibly excited about. As always with FNATIC, we’re looking to recruit the world’s best. By running this experiment at E3, which is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this as an organisation, we are providing fans with the opportunity to showcase their ability on Fortnite and have some fun. You never know, we may even unearth some hidden talent that could one day compete for FNATIC.”

“For players that live and breathe esports, an opportunity like this is one in a million,” added Ettnix, captain of FNATIC Fortnite. “This is their chance to show up and impress when the pressure is on. I might even give a few the chance to play against me!.”

TURTLE BEACH CELEBRATES PARTNERSHIP WITH EA SPORTS

The Road to the eWorld Cup Final Continues in Amsterdam as EA SPORTS Exclusively Use Turtle Beach Products for FIFA 18 Competitive Gaming

San Diego, CA – May 29, 2018 – Leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR) further reinforces its position of leadership in gaming audio and esports through its partnership with EA SPORTS™. This partnership with EA SPORTS sees Turtle Beach as the official headset brand of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, and further roots Turtle Beach’s continued growth in the competitive gaming space.

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series is a global ecosystem featuring more competitors and more tournaments than ever before, and will culminate with the first ever FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 Grand Final – the pinnacle of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series.

The competition has already seen its fair share of incredible scenes with 16-year-old British sensation Donovan “F2TekKz” Hunt rising from obscurity to defeat the odds and lift the coveted FUT Champions Cup Trophy in Barcelona. And in Manchester when, so close to Old Trafford where so many historic scenes have been witnessed on the pitch, Saudi Arabia’s Rogue MSDossary celebrated another victory by claiming the FUT Champions Cup.

However, all eyes are on the next stop of the Global Series, the storied footballing city of Amsterdam, where the best FIFA 18 competitors will compete to see who will qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final. A total of 128 players, 64 each on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, will enter the Playoffs, but only 16 from each console will progress to the Grand Final. The competitors at qualifying events will exclusively use Turtle Beach Elite Pro products to ensure the best possible gaming audio experience.

“I can’t think of a better way to strengthen and expand our presence in competitive gaming than by joining forces with EA SPORTS and arming them with the best gaming headsets available,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “With this being a World Cup year, soccer will be ever-present and there’s no better digital representation of the game than FIFA 18.”
“Working with brands like Turtle Beach is very additive to the FIFA competitive gaming ecosystem,” said Dave Madden, SVP Global Brand Partnerships at EA. “These endemic partners provide a great layer of authenticity to the competition through activations like in-broadcast social engagements, partnerships at retail, and co-branded content that all add to the experience of our players and viewers.”

Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro line defines the future of esports gaming audio equipment, delivering best-in-class audio performance for game sound and team chat, plus innovative comfort-driven technologies to ensure players stay comfortable and cool under pressure.

PES 2018 selected to represent Esports showcase

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has today announced that PES 2018 has been selected as one of the competition games for this year’s 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 esports event.

The Asian Games event is a continental multi-sport event hosted by the OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) and will take place in Jakarta-Palembang in Indonesia from August 18th.  The 2018 event marks the first-time esports have been included in the line-up, with PES 2018 one of six games chosen to showcase the medium.

PES 2018 is regarded as a landmark in football simulation, and its inclusion as a representation of a key Esport title is welcome recognition. Visitors to the event will be able to see the game in action, while details of KONAMI’s ambitious esports plans will also be detailed.

With the announcement that esports are to be an official competitive sport as of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China and also under consideration to become an official competitive sport within the Olympics, the Indonesian event will be an opportunity to show the competitive side of esports to a huge audience.

SpecialEffect Presents: #ChickenForCharity! A Games Industry PUBG Tournament

Top games companies go head-to-head to support gamers with disabilities!

London, England – 12.6.18: SpecialEffect, in collaboration with PUBG Corp. and SEGA® Europe Ltd, have today announced a games industry PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS™ tournament to help raise money for their cause. On Friday 22nd June, 25 teams representing some of the biggest names in gaming will battle it out to be crowned #ChickenForCharity Champion. The whole event will be live-streamed on twitch.tv/specialeffectteam from 13.00-18.00 BST, in a special broadcast from GAME’s BELONG esports studio hosted by The Simms, Talha and JohnPee.

The tournament will feature teams of four competing to achieve the highest combined score over four games of PUBG. The competition is sure to be intense, with the likes of SEGA, Sumo, TT Games, Amplitude, Frostbite, Interior Night, PC Gamer, Splash Damage and Twitch having already thrown their hats into the ring! The fundraising platform JustGiving will also be entering a team and showcasing their new StreamRaiser software, which helps streamers to collect and track charity donations whilst using Twitch.

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect said:

“It’s fantastic to see such an enthusiastic response to #ChickenForCharity from our friends across the games industry. Over the years we’ve had a lot of fun coming up with new ways to raise money through encouraging the competitive spirit between studios, such as our annual Wembley Fives tournament. However, this is the first time we’ve given them an opportunity to go head-to-head doing what they do best – playing games! We’d like to thank SEGA Europe for their support in helping to make this happen and PUBG Corp. for allowing us to use the phenomenal PUBG. We’re really grateful to everyone who has signed up to play and can’t wait to see who will be the ‘winner, winner’ at the end of the day!”

There are now just ten remaining team spots up for grabs, so anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to contact SpecialEffect as soon as possible to secure their place (details below).

For further information about #ChickenForCharity please contact:

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect: tom.donegan@specialeffect.org.uk
Tel. 01608 692266

The UK’s first ever Dota 2 Major

GINX Esports TV, the world’s biggest international esports TV network, just announced that it has acquired the broadcasting rights for the ESL One Birmingham 2018.

Held in Birmingham later this week, the ESL One Birmingham is the very first Dota 2 Major tournament organised in the UK. Arguably the year’s most exciting esports event in the UK, ESL One Birmingham has already broken records, becoming the fastest selling ESL Dota 2 event ever.
From May 25th to May 27th, 12 top teams from around the world will be competing for a US$1,000,000 and the important points to earn their invite for The International 2018.

In addition to the official broadcast of the tournament, GINX Esports TV will also be on location with Jorien van der Heijden, one the most popular Dota 2 casters.

Jorien, also known as Sheever in the esports community will be conducting live interviews as well as pre and post-match analysis, offering an exclusive point of view on this most awaited tournament.

“I’m looking forward to represent GINX Esports TV at ESL One Birmingham! I’ll be hosting The Daily Download from the arena and will be doing several interviews. It’ll be an awesome weekend! ”

British Hurricane wins Overwatch Contenders Europe Season 1 Finals

The Overwatch Contenders Europe Season 1 Finals wrapped up in dramatic fashion last night, with British Hurricane defeating Team Gigantti at Alvernia Planet in Poland. The best-of-seven series went to the wire, before Hurricane—the London Spitfire Academy Team—emerged 4-3 winners to take home the $30,000 USD first-place prize.

The newly-crowned European champions kept their winning run alive in the Atlantic Showdown, a best-of-five showmatch celebrating the Europe-North America rivalry. British Hurricane overcame Fusion University—who had defeated Toronto Esports in the Contenders North America Season 1 Finals—to claim a 3-1 victory.

PES League World Tour 2018 named as official UEFA Champions League esports competition

The longstanding commercial union between Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series as the UEFA Champions League has scored yet another wonder goal.

The Japanese publisher’s PES League World Tour 2018 has now been named as the official UEFA Champions League esports competition. This bodes well for a potential extension to the three-year agreement struck between the pair in 2015.

Currently PES is the only video game series to offer an official and licensed recreation of the Champions League.

The partnership now stands in opposition to the very tight-knit relationship between FIFA and EA that sees the latter’s hugely successful FIFA series currently leading the way in esports football.

Indeed, few esports teams currently have a PES pro among their ranks. This is something Konami will need to change if it has serious aspirations for PES esports.

“I am delighted to be able to work with UEFA for this opportunity,” Konami Digital Entertainment president Hideki Hayakawa said, “not only to bring an exciting experience for the participating players, but to also be able to provide Football fans from all over the world an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand at the physical events or through live streams.”

UEFA Events SA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein added: “We look forward to this season’s PES eSports events and the opportunity it provides for gamers and viewers to further engage with the UEFA Champions League brand.”

Celtic takes first step into esports with online FIFA tournament

Celtic Football Club has announced an online FIFA 18 tournament, starting this October, that will pit players against each other in online matches to win Celtic Champions League tickets and a variety of other prizes.

The tournament will see players battling it out, all playing as Celtic, in head to head matches. It will be open only to residents of the UK and Ireland who are aged 16 or over, can play on an Xbox and can stream their games online. This is Celtic’s first step into esports, but it’s quite a substantial one, especially if you’re a Celtic fan.

The winner will get a bundle of Celtic goodies: a 2017/2018 home top, a scarf, two tickets to Celtic’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich at Celtic park, a trip to Paris for Celtic’s Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain and the chance to play a showdown FIFA match against one of PSG’s FIFA players.

This showdown match seems to suggest that the winner of the tournament will then go on to represent Celtic in their face-off against PSG, which could mean that Celtic are looking for a FIFA player to represent them full-time, although it’s unclear if that role could be offered to the winner of the tournament, or someone else entirely further down the line.

It’s unclear who will be entirely yet, but Epsilon’s professional FIFA player Anthony ‘Guigsey’ McGuigan is a noted Celtic fan and has tweeted his intent to compete in the tournament. Whether he can win the 1024 player contest remains to be seen, but as the prize is primarily of value to a Celtic fan that is also a professional level FIFA player, he may not have too much top level competition.

GET YOUR WINTER WEEKEND RUSH … AT RUSH!

Want to learn more about esports, meet and talk to pro players, watch SA’s top teams compete, and maybe even enter a competition yourself and win some prizes? Then Rush is where you want to be next weekend.

Designed by the creators of the legendary rAge (really Awesome gaming expo), the inaugural Rush event, powered by HP OMEN, is a first for esports in South Africa and is set to become an annual showcase of all things esports.

Taking place between 21 and 23 July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Rush will feature a variety of competitive esports tournaments hosted by leading local organisations across  dedicated esports stages, with live shoutcasting (commentary) by some of South Africa’s top shoutcasters. South Africa’s best competitive gamers and clans will compete for the honour of taking home the glory, as well as for a host of incredible prizes.

Four main stages will be showcasing popular titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), FIFA 17, League of Legends, and Street Fighter V. Fans, supporters and enthusiasts will be able to watch all the competitions live on big screens, with dedicated seating areas at all the stages. In addition, visitors will also be able to sign to enter exciting tournaments across a range of games like HearthstoneFIFA 17Street Fighter V and Metal Slug. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs, so anyone with even a passing interest in video games is encouraged to come and take part.

Rush is an exciting, compelling showcase of everything that South African esports currently has to offer. We’ve created a unique experience that will appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, and one that will serve as a visual introduction to anyone who doesn’t know what all this esports fuss is about,” said Lauren Das Neves, marketing manager for Rush, NAG and rAge. “Having been actively involved in the local gaming industry for the past 20 years through NAG and rAge, Rush is a great platform for us to build, empower and connect with new and existing esports communities.”

Big news for Kaizer Chiefs supporters is that they’ve announced their participation at Rush. The club has partnered with sponsors Vodacom and Nike for the event, giving gamers a chance to battle it out at the Kaizer Chiefs esports stage. Gamers will go head-to-head in the FIFA 17 tournament in a bid to be the ultimate winner. To enter the Kaizer Chiefs tournament at Rush, visit www.acgl.co.za/kaizerchiefs to sign up. Entry to the tournament is free.

For Warcraft and Hearthstone fans, Kwesé will be hosting a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering at Rush. There is R30,000 cash in prizes for winners across the weekend, with the player in the daily top spot walking away with R5,000. Second and third place get R3,000 and R2,000 respectively. There’s also a gaming notebook from MSI up for grabs, so all you need to do is shuffle those decks. In addition, there’s a casual tournament for those keen for some arrive-and-play fun.

Other activities include PlayStation VR, arcade cabinets and retail stands, so there’ll be plenty to do while you’re taking a break from all the esports action!
If you’re a fan of old-school, arcade-style gaming, then be sure to visit the NAG Arcade / Eurasian Entertainment stand. Try your hand at Metal Slug, set a high score, and the player with the highest score at the end of the weekend will win an arcade machine that oozes retro coolness.

Matrix Warehouse will be running a fastest-lap challenge on their stand with mystery prizes up for grabs each day.

Orena is ramping up its Fight Night offering at Rush, with the casual Street Fighter V tournament set for an EFC-sized boost. EFC Worldwide welterweight champion Dricus du Plessis and bantamweight champion Demarte Pena will battle it out in an exhibition match in the OFN octagon at 11:00 on Sunday 23 July, with other EFC athletes waiting in the wings to challenge them. You won’t want to miss this epic battle! Gamers can enter the Orena Fight Night challenge and stand to win R20,000 at the end of the season.

Orena is also offering the chance to qualify for ESWC for CS:GO on one of the main stages. “The country’s best esports teams will be fighting it out in a world-class arena, for the opportunity to take on some of the best players on the planet,” says Luca Tucconi, Operating Executive at Orena. “The competition is fierce and the prize is massive – and we have one or two surprises up our sleeves for the winners”.

Alongside this high-adrenaline and hugely entertaining line-up, one of the other exciting features of Rush is South Africa’s first Winter NAG LAN – an opportunity to experience multiplayer gaming with hundreds of likeminded gaming enthusiasts packed into a single venue.  A NAG LAN ticket also gives you access to the Rush event for the full weekend. Casual competitions for Dota 2and Rocket League will be hosted in the NAG LAN, with hardware peripheral prizes up for grabs, kindly sponsored by Apex Interactive. A formal competition for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will also be hosted in the NAG LAN for 16 teams on PS4 in the NAG LAN with a total of R19,000 in prizes to be won.

If you haven’t yet bought your ticket for the NAG LAN at Rush, there are still some available at Computicket. As part of the NAG LAN Rush launch offer, upon purchase of your NAG LAN Rush ticket for R600 you will automatically qualify for, and be guaranteed, a NAG LAN at rAge ticket, which will then only cost you R450. This once-off offer applies to any NAG LAN at Rush tickets that have already been bought.

Pink-IT will hold its first annual summit at Rush over the course of three days. Pink-IT is designed to build a supportive and inspiring community for women in technology and foster a culture of sharing, collaboration, discussion and inspiration for female software developers. The first annual summit will bring together companies interested in hiring female software developers in South Africa, opening up opportunities for women in the industry. The summit will be a jam packed weekend  for all  female software developers, game developers, UX designers, graphic designers and animators who also want to learn how to build a mobile-based esports game using BlueMix.

If you, your friends and your family want to come and watch all the esports action as it happens, you will need to either purchase a Day Ticket (valid for entry for one day only), which costs R50, or a Weekend Ticket (valid for entry for all three days), which costs R100. Tickets are available at the door or at Computicket.

For more information on the NAG LAN you can email info@naglan.co.za .

For more information on how to enter into any of the tournaments being hosted at Rush email lauren@nag.co.za .

21, 22, 23 July
Exhibition Hall 2, Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Sandton
Friday: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-4pm
www.rushesports.co.za

U.S. REGISTRATION BEGINS FOR NBC SPORTS GROUP AND FACEIT’S “UNIVERSAL OPEN” ESPORTS TOURNAMENT

Registration for 2v2 Rocket League Tournament Featuring $100,000 Prize Pool Now Open on FaceIt.com

Qualifiers on FACEIT to Take Place July 19-20 and July 25-27

NBC Sports Group, in partnership with online competitive gaming platform FACEIT and developer Psyonix, announced today that U.S. registration for the “Universal Open” – an inaugural esports tournament open to gamers of all skill levels – is now underway on Faceit.com.

The Universal Open is a 2v2 tournament featuring Rocket League, the sports-action hit with a community of more than 33 million players, developed and published by San Diego-based game studio, Psyonix. Click here to register for the Universal Open. The tournament will utilize FACEIT’s competitive gaming platform, and numerous NBCUniversal and Comcast regional, national and international assets.

The tournament begins with the Qualifier stage played on FACEIT from July 19-20 and July 25-27. The NBC Sports Regional Networks will each hold online Qualifiers which will be organized geographically. An additional Qualifier will be held for the remainder of the United States (U.S. Open Qualifier). All Qualifiers are open to residents in the United States and Canada.

The tournament will then move on to the Regionals stage where top performers in the Qualifiers will compete live at select NBC Sports Regional Networks studios on the weekends of August 5-6 and August 12-13. These competitions will be live-streamed on the NBC Sports app and Telemundo En Vivo app, as well as other social media platforms, with portions televised live through the NBC Sports Regional Networks. The Regionals for the U.S. Open Qualifier will be played online only via FACEIT.

The Universal Open will culminate in a two-day Grand Finals on August 26-27 at Esports Arena in Santa Ana, Calif., featuring 16 total teams competing for a $100,000 prize pool. The Grand Finals will be livestreamed across the same channels as the Regionals and be televised live in the U.S. on NBCSN, and on Syfy in the UK, Germany, Australia and multiple countries across Latin America. In total, more than 40 hours of event coverage will be presented across live-streaming, video-on-demand, and linear platforms. Click here for more details on the Universal Open, including a complete list of dates for the Qualifiers, Regionals and Grand Finals of the Universal Open.

Following is the complete list of dates of Qualifiers, Regionals, and the Grand Finals.

UNIVERSAL OPEN – U.S. REGISTRATION AND TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Date
Qualifiers
Regionals
Grand Finals

Wed., July 19
U.S. Open Qualifier
[Faceit.com]

Thur., July 20
1) Mid-Atlantic Qualifier
[Faceit.com]
2) Philadelphia Qualifier
[Faceit.com]

Tues., July 25
1) New York Qualifier
[Faceit.com]
2) New England Qualifier
[Faceit.com]

Wed., July 26
Chicago Qualifier
[Faceit.com]

Thur., July 27
1) Bay Area Qualifier
[Faceit.com]
2) Northwest Qualifier
[Faceit.com]

Fri., July 28
U.S. Open Regional
[Faceit.com]

Sat., August 5
East Regional
[Philadelphia, Pa.]

Sun., August 6
Northeast Regional
[New York, N.Y.]

Sat., August 12
Midwest Regional
[Chicago, Ill.]

Sun., August 13
West Regional
[San Francisco, Calif.]

Sat., August 26
Grand Finals – Day 1
[Santa Ana, Calif.]

Sun., August 27
Grand Finals – Day 2
[Santa Ana, Calif.]