Axie Infinity, the most popular NFT game in the world, has announced three esports tournaments to say goodbye to Axie: Classic and welcome in Axie: Origin, with a total prize pool worth $1m.
With the rise of NFTs and blockchain technology, many video game developers have quickly looked for ways to incorporate the tech into their games.
Developers Sky Mavis created one of the biggest success stories in NFT gaming so far with Axie Infinity, and they’ve now announced a string of tournaments with $1m on offer — all to take place across the AxieCon event in Barcelona in September.
This includes the $500,000 Axie Classic World Championship, where 16 players will duke it out to be crowned champion. Here’s exactly what’s to come for Axie esports.
Axie Infinity $1m tournaments
With AxieCon taking place between September 7-10 in Barcelona, players are getting ready to fight for their spot at the event — and, hopefully, win the whole thing.
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Here are the three tournaments due to take place.
Axie: Classic World Championship — $500k
Qualifiers for the World Championship will take place from July 28 to August 21, and be divided into East and West divisions. By the end of the Qualifiers, 16 players will earn slots to compete at the Axie: Classic World Championship Finals in Barcelona. The Axie: Classic World Championship will act as a final send-off for Axie Classic as the next era of esports is ushered in through Axie Infinity: Origin.
Axie: Origin BYOD Tournament — $400k
These will be open to ticket holders only. Axie: Origin BYOD Tournament, which will run over the span of AxieCon, will crown the first-ever Axie Origin champion and include a total prize pool of $400,000.
The Axie: Origin Stadium Series — $100k
The Axie: Origin Stadium Series aims to give players of every skill level a place to compete for a piece of the $100,000 prize pool. The Stadium Series will host several heats at fixed times during each day of AxieCon where anyone in attendance can compete in Swiss-style mini-tournaments. The daily undefeated players get to face the Axie Final Four, which will be composed of Sky Mavis senior employees.
The developers at Sky Mavis are clearly extremely excited to see their game showcased by the very best players in the world.
“Axie: Classic has brought us 21 seasons of incredible gameplay and competition,” said Andrew ‘Zyori’ Campbell, Program Lead, Esports & Content Creators at Sky Mavis. “I couldn’t be more pleased with being able to give it a proper send-off and celebrate the journey we’ve taken to get here. As we look forward, the global launch of Axie: Origin will be a key moment in the history of Axie Infinity and serve as a catalyst for us to push Axie Esports to the next level. This series of events should be the perfect mix of honoring our great Lunacian history and celebrating the birth of our bright future!”
Tickets for AxieCon are currently available through the Axie Infinity website.