H1Z1 Launches Battle Royale Esports Era in Las Vegas
The first professional battle of the H1Z1 Pro League is set for April 21 at Esports Arena in Las Vegas. It marks the start of the new era in esports: the battle royale era, as the new video game genre transitions from unprecedented popularity to pro-level competition.
The event is presented by Caesars Entertainment in partnership with league operator Twin Galaxies and will be exclusively broadcast on Facebook. A unique circular stage was added to the venue to accommodate up to 75 participants at a time – H1Z1 tends to have large teams.
According to Twin Galaxies co-chairman Jace Hall, they decided to construct a unique circular stage just for the event to make it feel more like the 360-degree environment offered in traditional sports. For this tournament, fans of each team will be able to set in sections positioned behind their team.
Hall mentioned several obstacles the game has had to overcome to get to this point. Before H1Z1 could launch its Pro League, the league had to partner with a space that could manage the incredible amount of tech required. Tournaments run with 70-plus computers as well as the necessary servers and tech for spectators.
Hall compared these obstacles to what other games like Overwatch and League of Legends require to host a tournament. The investment for a league that uses just 12 computers on stage is far less than the costs a battle royale league faces. H1Z1 made the leap into esports with the help of investors, said Hall.