Gamescom gets underway in Cologne, Germany next week from August 22nd to 26th, and this year organisers say esports is represented more strongly than ever before.
Dom Sacco provides a preview of the esports tournaments and activities taking place at Gamescom 2017.
The ESL Arena
Most of Gamescom’s esports action will take place here, a 5,000 square metre arena featuring tournaments such as CSGO, FIFA 17, League of Legends, Rainbow Six: Siege and more (see further down this article for more details).
There will also be an esports zone for live demos, meet and greets and autograph sessions. Over at the ESL Playground powered by Red Bull there will be community tournaments for games like FIFA 17, Rocket League and Clash Royale, as well as the Oculus VR title, The Unspoken.
And of course, the smash breakthrough hit of 2017 will be making its esports debut.
The PUBG Invitational will feature a $350,000 prize pool and 80 of the world’s best PUBG players and influencers taking part.
The Gamescom PUBG Invitational will include Solo mode, Duo mode, Duo FPP (First Person Perspective) mode and Squad mode across the four-day event, where the best overall score from three games played will determined the winner.
Players can purchase vanity items in PUBG, with the proceeds to be used as prizing for winners at the Gamescom Invitational and for charities.
There’s more details in our original news story here.
League of Legends stars head to Arena of Valor
One week ago, Tencent Games brought its 5v5 mobile MOBA Arena of Valor to Europe – now it’s bringing its esports scene to Europe too.
On August 23rd, Gamescom visitors can check out the game all day long at the ESL Arena in Hall 9 and challenge with MOBA veterans Alliance (Dota 2) and the former players of Fnatic (League of Legends), to win prizes. Each match’s MVP will be awarded an iPhone 7 Plus.
The highlight of the event will be the star show match at 6pm between Spandauer Inferno and the Legends team, consisting of Neil (DotaCinema), and world-famous players xPeke, YellOwStaR, Cyanide, Loda and Akke. It will be the first major Arena of Valor show match in Europe.
ESL Meisterschaft Finals
On Saturday August 26th, ESL Germany’s season featuring the new league format will conclude in League of Legends, CSGO and FIFA 17.
Rainbow Six: Siege Pro League Season 2 Finals
The Rainbow Six: Siege Pro League Season 2 Finals are coming to ESL Arena’s main stage on Friday August 25th and Saturday August 26th.
Eight teams from Latin America, North America and Europe will compete for the lion’s share of a whopping $237,500 prize pool.
British host Matt Andrews will be hosting this one following a successful tournament last year.
Esports News UK’s Jacob Hale will be covering this tournament on the site, so do check back next week for coverage.
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On Friday August 25th, the top 16 CSGO amateur teams from the soon starting open qualification will have the chance to prove themselves next to two pro players: bodyy and apEX from G2 Esports, the reigning ESL Pro League CSGO Season 5 champions.
Project CARS World Final
The top five teams from the SMS-R Championship Series will be taking the stage for the World Final.
This features a €5,000 prize pool – on top of the €15,000 that the teams have won over the course of the season – and will take place on Wednesday August 23th.
Crossfire Stars European Finals
Held for the first time by Smilegate Europe, the CROSSFIRE European Tournament finals are to take place over the course of Gamescom 2017.
The CFS European Finals will comprise semi-finals and finals played on August 24th at the ESL Arena in Hall 9 and are being organised together by Smilegate and ESL.
Europe’s top four teams – FlipSid3 Tactics, Serenity Sports, PENTA Sports, and Exotic Esports – will compete for a share of the $20,800 prize pool and the chance to prove their skills at the Crossfire Grand Finals in Shanghai, China.
Blade & Soul European Regional Championship
The Blade & Soul European Regional Championship takes to the Main Stage at the ESL Arena on Thursday August 24th.
Eight of the best teams have made their way to the Regional Championship and will be competing for the title of European Champion. The winner will represent Europe at the World Championship in South Korea this September.
The PlayStation MASTERS takes place from Tuesday to Thursday – there will be various daily tournaments with finals on the weekend.
The matches can be followed live or via Twitch stream on the big PlayStation esports stage in hall 7.
GameStar tournaments – Clash Royale
GameStar (Webedia) and ESWC (Esports World Convention) will also be hosting tournaments. There will be Clash Royale and others on the stage in hall 5.1.
32 players coming from qualifiers will fight to win the Clash Royale title and a cash prize worth €5,000.