Esports Series Debuts in Las Vegas with 'Fight-Card' Matches

ESP Gaming created an esports tournament modeled after the match style of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Complete with “fight-card” matches, the World Showdown of Esports makes its debut in Las Vegas this weekend at the new PokerGo Studio near Aria.

The tournament series is multigenre, pulling inspiration from the broadcasting styles of boxing and mixed martial arts. The idea is to showcase the best players and teams from around the world through 1-to-1 matchups. It all kicks off with the PUBG Pan-Continental tournament on July 14 and 14.

Team Vitality, Team Envy, Optic Gaming, and Tempo Storm are among the teams invited to play in the $100,000 tournament. Each of the WSOE fight cards will be broadcast live from the PokerGo Studio via Twitch.

The matches this weekend are only introductory, says ESP Gaming CEO Jeff Liboon, as a way of showing off their new broadcast capabilities. The first official WSOE event, to be called WSOE1, will be held in the fall. However, Liboon says ESP will continue running events on a monthly basis.

The idea is to hype up the esports events in the same way fight cards are used to hype up UFC matchups. Liboon says they will create compelling narratives around the events. They are also open to allowing professionals to pick their opponents, or making matchups based on fan feedback.

Liboon says he selected the Las Vegas location for its central location and various entertainment options. He hopes it will help attract esports teams from around the world to participate in the events.

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