Imagine card style matches across multiple esports, promising to showcase the best players and teams around the world. Title matches, grudge matches, and special tournaments all played on the Vegas strip.
Dreams of Vegas becoming an esports mecha have been slowly turning into a reality and the "World Showdown of Esports (WSOE) is another sign of the culture shift happening in Vegas. Produced by ESP Gaming, the tournament series attempts to merge modern competitive gaming culture with the larger-than-life atmosphere that Las Vegas invokes.
PUBG to start the show
The first WSOE event will be the PUBG Pan-Continental tournament broadcasted live on Twitch July 14-15th from the PokerGO Studio's in las Vegas. With $100,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, the event aims to focus on "the drama and spectacle of head-to-head competition".
The following excerpt taken directly from the WSOE press release further explains the major selling point:
"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."
The press release goes on to emphasize that "compelling narratives" and "drama-filled showdowns" are a priority when setting up matches, and in doing so justify the Las Vegas backdrop. However, for "fight card" style matches to put on the show WSOE is aiming for, it's important to note that all the drama in the world won't make for compelling esports if the quality of the matches is low.
Due to the tournament series multi-genre appeal, it's safe to say that PUBG is just the first of many games to be presented.
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.