You've played NHL 18, but never like this.
This spring, the National Hockey League is organising the biggest EA Sports NHL-based tournament yet with the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship. The tournament is a versus competition, where the very top players of the world are going head-to-head first in regional qualifiers and finals, ending up with the top 6 players in the world battling it out at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada for the title of 2018 NHL Gaming World Champion. To make it even more exciting, the stakes of this tournament will be significantly greater than ever before in NHL gaming as the top 6 competitors will be fighting over a $100,000 prize pool. This is surely a massive announcement for all us NHLGamers as the tournament has so many major players involved. Some of the games will be broadcast on Viasat, Sportsnet and NBC digital channels as well as the NHL's official Twitch-channel. Details are still to be announced regarding the broadcasts, but a major boost in visibility for the NHL gaming community is expected.
To qualify, you have to enter an online regional tournament for your console. Qualifiers are held each Saturday from March 24th thru April 14th. Each regional qualifier will determine two top players who will advance to the regional finals. The eight European finalists will compete at the Viasat Studios in Stockholm, Sweden; the eight Canadian Regional finalists will compete at Sportsnet Studios in Toronto, Ontario; and the eight US Regional finalists will compete at NBC Studios in Stamford, Connecticut.
Check out the official video here, brought to you by NHL.com:
You can see the full schedule for the tournament below:
March 9th Registration opens at Faceit.com
March 24th-25th Online qualifiers (Xbox One)
March 31st-April 1st Online qualifiers (PS4)
April 7th-8th Online qualifiers (Xbox One)
April 14th-15th Online qualifiers (PS4)
May 6th European Regional Finals (Stockholm, Sweden)
May 11th Canadian Regional Finals (Toronto, Ontario)
May 20th US Regional Finals (Stamford, Connecticut)
June 19th World Finals (Las Vegas, Nevada)
June 20th NHL Awards (Las Vegas, Nevada)
In order to be eligible for the tournament you need to be a legal resident of the US, Canada or EU. You also need to be 16 years of age or older.
So, what do you guys think? Will you be signing up?
The thing that's for sure is that history is in the making and this is a tremendously positive thing for our community. Keep your heads up for more amazing news alike!
Edited by Kenu