On June 5th Daybreak Games announced the Elite Series, a new esports circuit that focuses on the popular massive arena shooter H1Z1: King Of The Kill. The new circuit will feature in person tournaments worldwide, with a total of $1 Million Dollars in prize money for winners of numerous events.
The tournaments will feature in North American, European, APAC (Asia-Pacific) and LATAM (Latin America) regions. A number of the top players have been invited to the first event, taking place at DreamHack Atlanta July 21st to the 23rd.
The competition will feature two categories for players to enter: solo event, featuring every man for himself gameplay, and a 5-man team event. Both competitions will feature a grand prize for victorious competitors, $100,000 for the solo event, and $150,000 to be divvied up between the winners of the 5-man team event. Potential competitors for the team event should be warned that top performing teams—like Obey Alliance, the victors of the H1Z1: Fight For The Crown series that wrapped up earlier this April—will be in attendance. The Elite Series has been created in an attempt to define the competitive arena shooter as a genre in the esports circuit.
With the success of recent massive arena shooters, such as Bluehole’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, attention has been garnering around the genre as of late. H1Z1: King Of The Kill has been featured in eseries events before including the H1Z1 Invitational, the most watched TwitchCon program for two years in a row.
With titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds soaking up most of the spotlight in the competitive massive arena genre, it’s no surprise that H1Z1: King Of The Kill is doing its best to keep itself relevant with the implementation of a premiere esports circuit. While the game has maintained a loyal following from its launch, the esports circuit, and the substantial prize money offered for victors at the events, it will definitely draw new talent to the game in the coming months. Interested gamers can fill out a solo application for the solo player event, or a team application for the 5-man team event. More information can be found at the H1Z1: King Of The Kill homepage.