Mike Stubbs . Tournaments . Friday 24th February 2017 . 10:15
ELEAGUE has announced that its next competition will feature Street Fighter V.
The ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational will see 32 of the best Street Fighter V players head to the ELEAGUE studio in Atlanta to battle it out for one of the larger prize pools in the game’s history.
The top 16 players from last year’s Capcom Pro Tour will all be in attendance, barring any travel issues of course, along with 16 other players that will be invited by Capcom.
As with other ELEAGUE competitions a group stage will see one group head to Atlanta every other week to play, with the top players making it to the grand finals. Live competitions will be held Friday, April 7; Friday, April 21; Friday, May 5; and Friday, May 12 with live coverage available on TBS and Twitch at from 10 p.m local time. The rest of the action from the day will of course be on Twitch.
The final will be held on Friday, May 26 with the same broadcast setup that wills see the entire final broadcast on TBS live.
“Street Fighter has a rich history and an extremely deep and passionate fan base and we’re thrilled to further diversify our ELEAGUE portfolio with this exciting esports title,” said Craig Barry, Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “We look forward to bringing a new experience to ELEAGUE and collaborating with Capcom to capture the authenticity of the live event competition while telling a rich narrative surrounding the game, its characters and the players.”
“Our fighting games and esports initiatives are extremely important sectors of our business and partnering with ELEAGUE provides us with an excellent opportunity to deliver the excitement of live Street Fighter V competition to a wider audience,” said Kiichiro Urata, Chief Executive Officer at Capcom U.S.A., Inc. “Teaming up with one of the leaders of live event experiences is another step forward for the Street Fighter brand, and we can’t wait for newcomers and long-time fans to see our beloved franchise presented in a new and unique way.”
“As ELEAGUE continues to evolve, we are thrilled to work with Capcom to bring Street Fighter V to a global audience,” said Karen Brodkin, President of Business Affairs, IMG. “We will approach the Street Fighter V Invitational with the same genuine attention to detail that core fans demand while also presenting the opportunity for casual viewers to enjoy one of the most exciting titles in esports.”