Over the weekend at PAX East, Bethesda Softworks, publisher of Quake Champions revealed more details about the games 2018 esports schedule and updates to the game bringing forth a new map and champion.
The first tournament of the year will take place at Dreamhack Tours in May with a prize pool of $50,000 (£35,309). The event marks a first in Quake esports, with no prior qualifier – all players attending Dreamhack will have the opportunity to compete for the prize.
Alongside Dreamhack Tours, QuakeCon 2018 will host the titles second major event in August; a PGL hosted event taking place in October; with the Quake Champions Invitational taking place at Dreamhack Winter in December finishing off a solid year for Quake Champions events in 2018.Tickets are available now for the first Quake event at Dreamhack Tours in May, with other events due to go on sale in due course.
Bethesda also went into some detail about a number of smaller events taking place in 2018 with the Collegiate Star League beginning in June. A number of online tournaments will also take place on a weekly and monthly basis with varying prize pools via tournament hosts ESL Go4 League, Battlefly and the Quake Champions Open League.
Finally, Bethesda confirmed Quake Champions will be getting a new champion – Strogg: The primary enemy from Quake II and Quake 4. While a new map – Awoken: Will see players fight in a tropical labyrinth playable in Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Duel, 2v2 and Instagib.
Esports Insider Says: Quake is a classic, so it’s always good to see the game in the news. With the game still in early access, it has time to polish off and find its audience. It remains to be seen if Quake holds the same level of relevance that it had in the 90’s, its appearance at major events will certainly help and QuakeCon prove the game still has a crowd after all these years.