This morning, ESP Gaming formally announced its latest esports venture by creating the World Showdown of Esports (WSOE). The plan behind the WSOE is to set up big fight-style matches between the best players they can get, bringing a bit of that WWE/UFC flare to esports as a whole while fighting in big tournaments and over championships. These WSOE fight cards will be broadcast live from ESP Gaming's PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.
So far, the only tournament to be announced for the organization is the PUBG Pan-Continental, which will be broadcast on Twitch from July 14th-15th, featuring 16 teams of four players who will compete for $100k in cash prizes. Teams have been invited from world-class PUBG organizations as well as the Auzom Premier League. Here are a few quotes from this morning's press release about the new esports organization.
"ESP Gaming is bringing a new type of esports tournament to the gaming community that ensures every single match is a must-see event featuring top competitors in a drama-filled showdown," said ESP Gaming president, Jeff Liboon. "The WSOE will highlight the most compelling narratives in competitive gaming driven by the very essence of what makes traditional sports so popular, the players. The WSOE will represent what gamers really love about esports with the intensity turned up to the max."
Veteran esports journalist, former ELEAGUE host and well-known esports analyst Richard Lewis has joined ESP Gaming as the Director of Talent and will oversee the on-air personalities for WSOE streaming and live events. Lewis brings innovative perspectives and unparalleled experience to esports fans across the world.
"With the WSOE, we're completely flipping the script on the traditional esports tournament format in a way that has never been done in competitive gaming," said Lewis. "The WSOE's unique format allows us to create the matches that competitors and fans want to see and that the competitors want to engage in. We look forward to re-imagining and growing the sport of competitive gaming and crowning our first WSOE Champion this fall."