A new multi-genre esports tournament 'World Showdown of Esports' (WSOE) has been unveiled by ESP Gaming, and journalist and former ELEAGUE host Richard Lewis will have a central role.
The WSOE hopes to be unique in offering "fight card-style matches that showcase the best games, players and teams across the globe", starting with a PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) tournament.
A plush venue will host the inaugural tournament on July 14 - 15, in the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Players from OpTic Gaming, Team Envy, Vitality, FaZe Clan and more will all be in attendance - with $100,000 in prize money on offer.
Richard Lewis, a well-known figure in the esports world for over a decade has been appointed Director of Talent, and will "oversee the on-air personalities for WSOE streaming and live events."
The twist with these events, which plan to host other esports titles in the future, is the 'fight card-style" structure, which ESP says in the press release has been inspired by boxing and martial arts events.
"The WSOE focuses on the drama and spectacle of head-to-head competition between the world’s best players from a variety of genres and games across mobile, PC and console. Taking its inspiration from boxing and mixed martial arts, the WSOE will crown champions in several competitive divisions.
Uniquely in the world of esports, and unlike round-robin or bracket-style esports competitions, the WSOE’s “fight card” style presentations will feature compelling matchups of champions and challengers going head-to-head in every event.
Also featuring innovative prizing and production elements designed to reward aggressive gameplay and foster rivalries, the WSOE’s bouts will offer fans the most entertaining broadcasts in competitive gaming."
Announcing the first live event presented by the WSOE and @auzom_gg: The @PUBG Pan-Continental: a $100,000 invitational featuring 16 of the world’s best teams battling it out over 2 full days of competition! For details, keep an eye on https://t.co/gYdSptWvkp! #WSOE #PUBGPC pic.twitter.com/n91DstpCJW
— WSOE (@WSOE) July 10, 2018
Lewis, who previously worked as on screen talent at CS:GO and Tekken tournaments during his time with Turner Sports and ELEAGUE, is challenged by few in terms of experience in the esports space.
"With the WSOE, we’re completely flipping the script on the traditional esports tournament format in a way that has never been done in competitive gaming."
The WSOE’s unique format allows us to create the matches that competitors and fans want to see and that the competitors want to engage in. We look forward to re-imagining and growing the sport of competitive gaming and crowning our first WSOE Champion this fall."
The PUBG Pan-Continental, Presented by Auzom and the WSOE, will be broadcast live on www.twitch.tv/wsoe from July 14-15, where 16 teams of four players will compete for $100,000 in cash prizes. Invited teams include top players from the Auzom Premier League and other world-class PUBG organizations.