Daybreak Games today announced the Elite Series, a new esports circuit focused on bringing together the top-performing players of the single-elimination, massive arena shooter H1Z1: King of the Kill. This professional circuit will host in-person gaming tournaments around the world, including in the North American, European, APAC (Asia-Pacific) and LATAM (Latin America) regions. Each event in the Elite Series will feature a $250,000 prize pool, for a total of $1 million in prizing.
“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.”
Kicking off at DreamHack Atlanta from July 21-23, the Elite Series will debut with two nail-biting H1Z1 tournaments – one for solo players and one for 5-player teams – with a prize pool of $150,000 for the team tournament and $100,000 for the solo competition. The team competition will feature top organizations like Obey Alliance, winners of the H1Z1: Fight for the Crown tournament, 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.
The Elite Series has been created to further define the massive arena shooter genre as a form of competitive play and entertainment. It both shares and advances the spirit of Daybreak’s past esports initiatives, including the primetime television spectacle of H1Z1: Fight for the Crown that aired on The CW Network earlier this year and the H1Z1 Invitational, the most watched TwitchCon program for two years running. The H1Z1 Invitational will also return to TwitchCon this October with events for both professional players and all-star streamers. Daybreak plans to announce specific details on additional Elite Series tournaments and the Invitational later this year.
For more information on the Elite Series in Atlanta, including pre-registration details for solo players and teams wishing to qualify, visit https://www.h1z1.com/king-of-the-kill/elite-series.