Media holding company and esports tournament organiser WePlay Esports has announced it will host a Mortal Kombat tournament in its purpose-built arena in Kyiv.
WePlay Dragon Temple will be the first fighting game tournament that WePlay has hosted.
The tournament takes place from December 10th-13th and will see players compete for a share of $60,000 (£44,775) in prize money.
Anton Gribovskiy, Americas General Manager at WePlay Esports, discussed expanding into fighting games: “We at WePlay Esports recognize that fighting games have all they need to become a form of mass entertainment, just like boxing and UFC. The potential audience of these titles is enormous and includes many generations of casual players. Everyone interested in the MK multiverse will enjoy WePlay Dragon Temple. Our teams will do their best to make this event special, so don’t miss it.”
Alongside details on the location and prize pool, fighting games website DashFight has been named as the official media partner for the event and will provide exclusive content during its course.
The tournament organiser has previously hosted a number of Dota 2 tournaments alongside leagues for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In September, it was revealed that WePlay had invested in and became a strategic partner of streamer engagement platform Organization.GG.
Eugene “Hitras” Shepelev, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay Esports, also spoke on hosting the tournament: “With WePlay Dragon Temple, our team gets to create a new experience in a title we have never worked on before. We are probably as excited as the fans will be when they see all the great matchups we have planned for them. We intend to provide the same level of entertainment you have come to know us for.”
Esports Insider says: WePlay Esports is no stranger to hosting large-scale tournaments. Depending on the success of Dragon Temple, it could well open the door for more fighting game tournaments to take place in the future.