The developers behind DC Universe Online, PlanetSide, and EverQuest have announced a new eSports circuit focused on their single-elimination, massive arena shooter H1Z1: King of the Kill. According to Daybreak Games, their Elite Series professional circuit will host in-person gaming tournaments around the world, including in the North American, European, Asia-Pacific, and Latin American regions. Each event in the Elite Series will feature a $250,000 prize pool, for a grand total of $1 million in play.
According to the company, the Elite Series was created to further advance Daybreak’s past eSports initiatives, including the primetime television event H1Z1: Fight for the Crown that aired on The CW Network earlier in 2017, as well as the H1Z1 Invitational, which the company claims is the most watched TwitchCon program for two years running. The company further announced that the H1Z1 Invitational will return to TwitchCon this October with events for both professional players and treamers. Daybreak plans to announce specific details on additional Elite Series tournaments and the Invitational later this year.
“The Elite Series shines a spotlight on the skill and passion of our players from around the world, bringing the community closer together through online programming and in-person competition. It’s an arena for the best head-to-head H1Z1 action and will undoubtedly have viewers and players on the edge of their seat,” said Mark Tuttle, director of eSports at Daybreak. “There is nothing that can match the scale or intensity of an H1Z1 tournament where everyone is dropped in together, competing amidst the mayhem to be the last one standing, and we are excited to continue to develop this new genre of eSports.”
The Elite Series will debut with two H1Z1 tournaments at DreamHack Atlanta from July 21-23, 2017. The prize pool will be split, with $150,000 for the 5-person team tournament and $100,000 for the solo competition. The team competition will feature Obey Alliance, winners of the H1Z1: Fight for the Crown tournament, as well as other well-known groups such as World Best Gaming, Denial Esports and Counter Logic Gaming. Each tournament will reserve a majority of seats for participants who qualify in preliminary rounds on-site at DreamHack Atlanta.