It’s a new year and a new chapter in the esports calendar. With the CWL heating up ahead of a busy event period, we take a look at the biggest talking points of the past 7 days in console esports.
ESWC Winter Boasts $100K Prize Pool
$100,000 will be up for grabs at ESWC Winter in Paris, France February 17th - 19th . 96 teams are expected to attend, including the world’s premier Call of Duty teams. Significant Pro Points are up for grabs, as well as the substantial prize fund; one of the largest ever awarded in Europe.
The competition will take place at the Paris Expo at Porte de Versailles, the usual home of the annual Paris Games Week. Team Passes and Spectator Tickets are both for sale right now from ESWC, so grab yours now before they sell out!
CWL Atlanta Details Released
Following on from the IW kick off tournament MLG Vegas, CWL Atlanta is the next stop on the NA World League circuit. $200,000 will be on the line in Atlanta, February 10th - 12th and one week before ESWC Winter in Paris, France.
As well as the Open Bracket, 10 North American teams and 6 European teams will automatically qualify to start their tournament in Pool Play – essentially bypassing the brutally unforgiving Open Bracket. 160 teams are expected to attend in total.
The Pro Points cut off for the tournament has been confirmed as January 30th , and will therefore incorporate the results of CWL London (details below).
CWL London Announced – Hosted by Gfinity
Europe’s CWL calendar gets truly underway this month, as the 16 top ranked teams will head to the Gfinity Arena for CWL London.
$25,000 will be up for grabs to the 16 attending teams, as well as a host of Pro Points which should have the final say on which 6 teams secure their place in the Pool Play at MLG Atlanta.
The 16 teams will be decided from the existing Pro Points rankings, with Splyce, Infused, and Elevate currently leading the way, thanks largely to their final placements in Las Vegas last year.
The tournament will take place January 28th - 29th in London, England.
FaZe win the NA 2K Tournament
After taking home third place at MLG Vegas, FaZe significantly added to their Pro Points tally by winning last weekend’s, beating eUNITED in the Final. A 3-2 victory over eUNITED saw FaZe Clan to the 2K title, having defeated Luminosity and EnVyUs en route.
The reward for FaZe was all important Pro Points, earning a lofty 2,000 for their finish, while eUNITED earned 1,200 for themselves.
Echo Fox and Luminosity split top 4 honours, while OpTic Gaming, Rise Nation, EnVyUs and Team Kaliber all placed top 8, earning 400 Pro Points a piece.
Orbit win the EU 2K Tournament
Over in Europe it was Orbit who took home the 2K title over Supremacy. Having finished 2nd at the Playstation Experience, Orbit found life at MLG Vegas much tougher and surprisingly failed to make it out of the brutal Open Bracket which also claimed the tournament life of Epsilon – COD XP’s fourth place finishers.
Orbit’s route to the title included victories over Elevate EU and Infused. Elevate EU and Aware Gaming EU split the top 4 spots, while Splyce surprisingly settled for a top 8 finish following defeat against Aware EU 3-2.
Orbit, Elevate, Infused, and Splyce are all expected to qualify in the top 16 for this month’s CWL London.