ESL and AT&T team up for the Mobile Open
The ESL eSports organization partners with the telecommunications giant for a second time
The eSports organization ESL has found a new, strong partner. It is teaming up with AT&T for the upcoming ESL Mobile Open, a U.S.-based tournament that is open to anyone and everyone. AT&T has become the presenting sponsor of the tournament and follows a previous partnership between the two last June that saw AT&T become the organization’s official telecommunications and mobile gaming partner.
The tournament begins on March 18 and offers a prize pool of $330,000. It includes competitions in PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, Asphalt 9: Legends and Clash of Clans, and will incorporate three phases. The first will be the Open Qualifier, which will last four weeks. After this phase wraps up, the field will have been narrowed by 50% and the 50% that survived will move on to the Closed Qualifier phase. A final cut will see the best players moving on to be featured in ESL-produced live broadcasts and in competitions on the global eSports stage.
ESL Gaming North America CEO Yvette Martinez-Rea explains, “We believe that mobile will provide the opportunity to bring the next generation of esports enthusiasts into the fold. A first in the industry, ESL Mobile Open was developed to provide anyone with a phone access to compete at the highest levels with both established and emerging mobile esports titles. AT&T is a natural for this program with their commitment to innovation in esports and gaming and by promoting broad access for players of all types and levels.”