The eSports League (ESL) has announced a special Xbox One tournament featuring everyone's favorite 4-vs-1 hunting game. The Evolve Proving Grounds will be held in June, and a $100,000 prize is on the table.
Along with Evolve's developer, 2K, the ESL will attempt to find "the world’s best" Evolve players on the Xbox One. The tournament will be a big step onto the console scene for the ESL, a company that's best known for its work with PC games like Starcraft II.
If June feels like a long time to wait for the big showdown, you’ll be happy to know that qualifiers actually kick off in just a couple of days. In the U.S. and Europe, online qualifying events will begin on April 26th. For full details on how to get involved, you’ll want to visit the official Proving Grounds website.
In order to participate, you'll need to find five players who are all 17 years of age or older. Also, Each player must have an active Xbox Live Gold membership, which should go without saying.
You might want to act quickly, though. There will only be four weeks of qualifying events to get everything sorted for the big showdown. Winners of the qualifying rounds will be flown to the ESL Cologne or ESL Burbank studios, depending which country you’re playing in. The top two teams from each of those event will finally be brought to Los Angeles on June 15 to take part in the championship rounds.
David Hiltscher, the ESL's VP of Gaming Communities, believes that Evolve is becoming a major player in the eSport world. Here's what he had to say:
Evolve has commanded the attention of the gaming world since, and before, its release in February of this year. We consistently see demand for the game at our events and are happy to now be doing more with it in terms of esports competition.
This news caught me off guard at first but, the more I think about it, the more it makes perfect sense that the eSports community would embrace Evolve. The class-based combat on the human team is a good test of skills and cooperation, while the monster player that's representing each team will need to be tactically flexible in order to overthrow his or her opponents. Finding a good mix of players who meet those guidelines can make for some very entertaining and competitive bouts.
As you might expect, ESL and 2K are doing everything they can to promote the event and get more players involved. You’ll be able to follow all of the action as it occurs by visiting the game’s official Twitch stream.