NHL Announces First Esports Draw With EA Sports Game

The NHL Gaming World Championship will use EA Sports’ NHL ’18 and be open to all followers. (EA Sports)

The NHL has introduced plans for a worldwide esports event with regional EA Sports NHL 18 competitions within the U.S., Canada and Europe main as much as the NHL Gaming World Championship on June 19 in Las Vegas.

Whereas the NBA 2K League drew on elite players and the Madden NFL Membership Championship draw sought informal players to characterize every franchise, the NHL is differing from its North American sports league brethren in encouraging all hockey followers — “even non-players” — to enroll and compete.

gamers can enroll on FACEIT and play on both Xbox One or PlayStation four within the qualifying rounds, although PlayStation is the platform of selection for the regional and world finals.

The regional finals will all happen in Might at tv networks in every space. NBC Sports will host the U.S. competitors at its Stamford, Conn. studios; Viasat will host the European bracket in Stockholm; and Sportsnet will host the Canadian attract Toronto. All three contests will air on the NHL’s digital properties and on its Twitch channel.

The prize purse is $one hundred,000 and the world finals can be held the day earlier than the NHL Awards ceremony, which the gaming finalists can be invited to attend.

“We’re excited to enter into the aggressive gaming world and supply one other means for players and followers to attach with our nice recreation,” NHL Vice President Chris Golier stated in a press release. “Our strategy was to align with the most effective companions to create a enjoyable and interesting competitors. The publicity, prize pool, and distinctive experiences from the NHL Gaming World Championships ought to convey out the highest gamers and present whose ‘Chel expertise are greatest.”