he National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today it will host its first-ever esports event, the 2019 Wild Gaming Tournament, presented by Mall of America®. The tournament, powered by FACEIT, the leading competitive platform for online multiplayer games and organizer of the inaugural NHL Gaming World Championship, will consist of two rounds of competition: an online qualifiers tournament and a live finals event at MOA®.
“We are thrilled to launch our official NHL gaming tournament with great partners such as FACEIT and Mall of America,” said Jamie Spencer, Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Minnesota Wild. “The esports gaming community is incredibly unique. With this tournament, we hope to create a sports fan experience unlike any other.”
“The crossover between esports and sports is huge and it’s fantastic to work with a mainstream sports brand who recognizes that and sees that same exciting opportunities that we do. Esports fans are multi-generational and we view esports as an evolution of traditional entertainment. Games such as NHL 19 are a great way to illustrate this. They offer a low barrier to entry and go a long way towards taking esports mainstream. We’re excited to see how the public reacts to the tournament. For many people this will be a first and being able to educate more people on the scale of the industry is fantastic,” said Michele Attisani, Co-Founder and CBO of FACEIT.
Players will go head-to-head in EA SPORTS NHL® 19 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during single elimination, online qualifying matches slated for February 2 and 3. The top two competitors from each of the two online qualifiers, a total of four finalists, will compete in the 2019 Wild Gaming Tournament Finals on Monday, Feb.18 in the Rotunda at Mall of America.
The finals competition will feature live best-of-three matches with the winners taking home part of a $7,400 prize purse. The in-person finals event will be live streamed onTwitch.tv/minnesotawild_official. Additionally at the finals event, the Wild will host a pro-am tournament where mall guests can face off against Minnesota Wild players. Space is limited. Special guests, including Minnesota Wild players and NHL 19 YouTubers, will be in attendance.
Registration are open. Participants must be 16 years of age or older and from a qualifying state or country to be eligible. To register, visit fce.gg/mnwild.
For more information on the 2019 Wild Gaming Tournament, visit wild.com/gaming.
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