ELEAGUE returns to Street Fighter V with $250,000 Invitational

ELEAGUE is gearing up to host a live tournament for Capcom’s Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.

Spanning over five nights across separate weeks, the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational 2018 will feature 24 prominent competitors from around the globe fighting for the lion’s share of the $250,000 (£178,182.50) prize pool.

ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational 2018

The Invitational will commence on Friday, June 1st, with an exclusive livestream of each week’s initial games being broadcast on Twitch every Friday. The competitors will be split into four groups: Group A will battle it out on June 1st, Group B on June 8th, Group C on June 15th, and Group D on June 22nd. From there, the playoffs and Grand Final will take place on July 13.

Not only will the main competition be livestreamed and broadcast on TBS, there will be four feature shows shown on the latter: a Celebrity Showdown encore on April 13th, a season preview on May 25th, a specialty show on June 29th, and a playoff preview on July 6th. More details regarding these shows will be released at a later date.

ELEAGUE has partnered with competition platform Battlefy to create, and host, a companion tournament for the event. It’s aimed at amateur gamers who wish to take the next step into being a professional in the game, and will welcome players of any skill level. The ELEAGUE x Battlefy: Street Fighter V Open will take place online, with those who finish in the top two being invited to Atlanta where they will compete at the ELEAGUE Arena ahead of the Invitational’s Grand Final on Friday, July 13th. The Open will comprise of two regular seasons, each being spread across five consecutive weekends beginning on April 21st. Registration will open on March 21st, and remain open throughout the event.

Esports Insider says: The event will receive great coverage and is spread out over multiple weekends, so it will be a great test seeing just how it performs week-on-week. The Open tournament with Battlefy seems like a sound opportunity to more inexperienced or unproven players, and comes across like a great companion to the main event.