After last year’s successful first attempt at a VR esports league, Oculus and ESL have teamed up to give us a second run. This time around, the VR League is bigger and better. More games, a better tournament system, and one hell of prize pool. Seriously, if you have the skills, the rewards are in excess of $220K.
Rewards aside, it is great to see VR gamers get a platform to show off their skills for a second year in a row. The five-month long competition gets underway today, all leading up to a grand finale that will take place at Oculus Connect 5. If you have ever wanted to make a name for yourself in competitive VR gaming, it is hard to think of a better stage than this.
All About the Games
This year’s lineup includes some returning games, as well as some choice new additions. This month’s competition features the return of The Unspoken. It will be interesting to see how last years competitors have adjusted their tactics with all the new spells implemented in the latest patch. May 20th will also kick off the Echo Arena competition, one of last years largest events with a total of 98 teams participating.
The Oculus team has also said that it will be partnering with developers, Ready at Dawn, to form an Echo Combat VR League later this year. Their goal is to give the zero-g FPS game its own ladder-style competition.
Next month brings a new fan favorite to the competition with Sprint Vector kicking off on June 4. Just remember to hydrate and keep that deodorant handy. After that, two more titles will be announced for July and August, along with three new games that are making their esports debut. If you would like to keep up with all the latest league news, follow VR League on Facebook and Twitter.