Caesars Teams With eSports League
The H1Z1 Pro League recently announced the 15 charter teams that will compete in its inaugural season, starting April 21 at Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas, the league’s home base. The H1PL also announced it will partner with Facebook to exclusively broadcast all digital content. The first professional eSports league, H1PL is a joint venture between Daybreak Game Company and Twin Galaxies LLC.
The 15 teams joining the H1PL inaugural season are: Alliance, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Echo Fox, Epsilon Esports, GankStars, Impact Gaming, Luminosity, Noble Esports, Obey Alliance, Rogue Gaming, SetToDestroyX, Team SoloMid, Tempo Storm and Vitality. They will compete over the course of two 10-week “splits” at Caesars Entertainment Studios, a 50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art production facility. The competition will livestream over Facebook Live throughout the season. H1PL and Facebook also will offer free, redeemable in-game rewards for fans who watch H1PL streams throughout the week. Fans also can watch the matches in person.
Teams will compete for total cumulative match points over the course of the entire season. The H1PL’s scoring system will reward strategy, aggressive gameplay and creative thinking, leading to standings for the H1PL Battle Royale Championship in the fall.
Twin Galaxies Co-Chairman Jace Hall said, “Our goal with H1PL is to take the leap from eSports 1.0 to 2.0, establishing a league where for the first time in eSports history, everyone participates in success–the fans, the players, the teams and all of our supporting partners. The battle royale format has quickly become the most popular and entertaining multiplayer video game genre, and we’re confident that the H1PL will drive fan engagement and excitement to even higher levels through the use of groundbreaking production techniques along with access to Facebook’s global gaming community.”
Facebook Manager of Esports Partnerships Patrick Chapman added, “The battle royale genre is fast becoming one of the most popular and accessible gaming categories to both watch and play, and we’re excited to help this brand-new league for H1Z1 grow its community on Facebook. The league’s primary focus to engage and support players and fans aligns closely to our commitment to help build the world’s community for people to play, watch and share the games they love.”
H1PL will release ticketing and hotel information soon.
More than 378,000 viewers watched H1Z1’s prime-time premiere, “Fight for the Crown” tournament, nearly one year ago.