The VR League is the next step in the evolution of VR esports – with $220,000 USD in prizes, more games than ever before and a new, more flexible structure. Powered by Intel and Oculus, the VR League is home to Echo Arena, Echo Combat, The Unspoken, Sprint Vector and more.
Competition takes place online on ESL Play, with the full season concluding at Oculus’ very own major event, Oculus Connect 5. Any game in the VR League stands a chance of being showcased at Oculus Connect, where the bulk of the $220,000 USD prize pool will be awarded.
Echo Arena from Ready at Dawn Studios is a three-vs-three tactical, zero-gravity game that was a huge success throughout the premiere VR esports season, fostering 98 registered competitive teams worldwide (a total of 258 players) after just a couple of months. Tournament play has resumed and will be coming to a head soon at the Echo Arena Invitational in July.
Additionally, the FPS expansion to Lone Echo and Echo Arena will be joining the VR League, called Echo Combat. Echo Combat will have prize-supported competition as part of the VR League, so be sure to stay tuned for additional details surrounding the expansion and league in the coming months and get ready to fight in zero-g.
After an exciting first season, we’re excited to see new faces and reigning champions come back and show us how The Unspoken has changed since the epic finale between Charizard and Flushgogo earlier this year.
Sprint Vector also joins the roster with ladder competition on ESL Play. This addicting and highly physical racing game from Survios (creators of Raw Data) has taken the VR community by storm and quickly became a go-to title for introducing people to VR. Be sure to sign up today!
New VR Esports
Two additional games will also soon see competition on ESL play with full prize support from the VR League. With VR esports being so new and so many new games and concepts being developed for VR, be sure to let us know if you have any titles you’d enjoy competiting in!
“We want to reward and encourage the communities that positively respond to esports, with VR League in 2018 we are taking a more flexible approach: we want to engage as many prospective VR esports stars as possible, and so have left a few slots open to be filled in the coming weeks. We want to listen to the respective VR gaming communities and go where we’re needed and can have the biggest impact.”
– Sean Charles, SVP Publisher Developer at ESL.
Onward competition in partnership with the VR Master League
VR League will help support the grassroots Onward community throughout 2018. Built around Downpour Interactive’s tactical mil-sim shooter, the VR Master League has fostered a passionate community from the ground up.
The top 4 Onward teams met at the ESL Studio in Leicester, UK to face off for the first time ever at the Onward Invitational, hosted in aid of Stack Up, a charity supporting US and Allied veterans through gaming alongside the VR Master League.
We’re proud that so many communities have formed so quickly around such a wide variety of games, and the VR League is committed to helping VR esports grow throughout 2018 and on. Be sure to visit vr.eslgaming.com to sign up for the next tournament, and maybe we’ll see you on the big stage at Oculus Connect 5. Stay connected with the VR League on Facebook and Twitter for more updates in the coming weeks!