VR League Season 3 underway
Oculus and ESL have organized the latest season and $250,000 is up for grabs
The VR League has officially inaugurated its third season. The eSports competition is a joint effort between Oculus, a manufacturer of virtual reality (VR) headsets, and eSports tournament organizer ESL, and will offer a $250,000 prize pool for the season. The season kicked off this past weekend and the VR League finals will be held this June in Leicester, England.
The tournament series will feature six weeks of online action for the four featured games – Ready at Dawn’s Echo Arena, which is a zero-gravity disc-based team sport, Downpour Interactive Onward tactical shooter game, Ubisoft’s Space Junkies and another Ready at Dawn production, Echo Combat. Echo Combat is a spinoff of the company’s Echo Arena game. All games involve the use of the Oculus Rift headset in competition.
The prize pool has been increased from the previous season. The VR League awarded a little more than $220,000 in its previous running and, as popularity continues to rise, so does the prize pool.
ESL held VR League exhibition match at the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice last month. That match saw the top Echo Combat and Onward teams from the Season 2 finals from last September’s Oculus Connect 5 show off their skills, with Globochem finding victory over The Beginners.
Of the new season, Oculus head of eSports Christopher K. McKelvy stated, “2019 will be a huge year for VR gaming with the launch of Oculus Quest and Season 3 & 4 of the VR League. This year will be Oculus’ biggest investment in esports yet. We’re adding new games, more broadcasts and a bigger prize pool.”