Only in it’s 9th event the European Gaming League is the UK’s only event dedicated purely to eSports. Velocity Gaming has been finding out about this increasing prolific event in the eSports calendar.
The European Gaming League in Blackpool attracts competitive gamers from across Europe with tournaments on the Xbox 360, PS3 and on the PC. Their live events attract upwards of 1200 players and spectators. EGL 5 hosted the largest Call of Duty offline event in the World, attracting 130 teams (520 players) and featuring participants from 11 different countries including Italy, Spain, Canada and the United States. More recently, EGL 8 featured over 650 players alone with an estimated attendance of over 10,000 people. Wow now that’s big.
Tournaments are based on three of gaming’s more popular titles; Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (Xbox & PS3), Gears of War (Version TBC) and Halo 4 (Xbox, durrgh). EGL 9 certainly likes its multiplayer shooters. Depending on the number of participating teams the prize money for the Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 tournaments will range between £1,000 and £10,000.
EGL 9 will feature a double elimination bracket. The new format will see the top 16 seeded teams excluded from the first two rounds of the Championship. If you lose once, you move to the Lower Bracket. Lose twice and you’re out of the EGL Championship. But don’t worry, you still get your moneys worth because you can still take part in the EGL Amateur Championship (also double elimination format) or the EGL intermediate Championship (single elimination).
You don’t have to be a pro-gamer to get a slice of the eSport action. A spectator day pass for EGL 9 is £10 and you can save some money by buying a weekend pass covering all three days for £30. You can get your ticket here.
EGL 9 takes place at Norbreck Castle Hotel and Conference Centre, Blackpool from the 29th till the 31st March.