ESL and AEG have announced the anticipated return of the Brooklyn Beatdown to Barclays Center for its second edition during ESL One New York on September 16 – 17, 2017.
The Street Fighter V tournament will see a total of 256 players fight it out as they compete for the prize pool of $50,000 (£38,471), and of course the Brooklyn Beatdown champion title. ESL and AEG teamed up to deliver this event last year with Zhuojun ‘Xiao Hai’ Zeng emerging victorious The Chinese player took down Japanese pro Yusuke “Momochi” Momochi in the Grand Final. One slight dampener on this occassion is that the prize pool last time around was $75,000 (£57,700) meaning it’s been cut by a third a year on, which isn’t the best news for the FGC scene at large.
The registration for the online qualifiers of the tournament is open now and will take place across five different regions: Europe, North America, South America, India, and Southeast Asia. For more information on how to participate in the tournament, it’s best to visit the official Brooklyn Beatdown site.
The top players from each region that are successful in the qualifiers will secure a spot at the group stage and get the chance to prove their mettle at the Barclay’s Center. The online qualifiers will be played out in the best of three format, and the offline event will be played using a best of three format up until the playoff rounds begin.
Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL commented: “We’re proud to bring Street Fighter V back to the legendary Barclays Center again this year.
“The performances and passion of the attendees in 2016 was everything we could have imagined and we are looking forward to witnessing the evolution of the game and its competitors at ESL One New York this September.”
Esports Insider says: Good to see the return of the Brooklyn Beatdown to ESL One New York as it gives a major platform for the players that have mastered SFV. Whilst the lower prize pool is a shame, $50,000 remains a prize well worth fighting for especially with the victor taking the lion’s share.