The NHL Gaming World Championship returns for its third iteration with a record breaking $150,000 USD prize pool. This year, the championship features a number of changes based on public feedback from previous iterations. Together with a number of partners, the NHL has realised the rapid growth of the gaming community and will be bringing gamers the biggest event of NHL esports yet!
Registrations are open now - register here.
Here's how the tournament will be played:
Round 1: Online open play
The online open play will be running on PS4 and Xbox for four weeks, starting March 11th. Each week 32 players from each console and each region will advance to round two. The last chance to register for online open play is on Sunday, March 29th.
Round 2: Online play-in bracket
This is a bracket that will be hosted on two dates for each region.
EU: April 11th & April 19th
US: April 18th & April 25th
CAN: April 25th & May 2nd
- NEW! The Online play-in bracket will be played in best-of-three rounds head-to-head.
- NEW! Players who advance to rounds 4-7 of the Online play-in bracket will earn cash prizes of between $200-$1,000 USD. Find specifics in the tournament rules.
EU: Viaplay Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark - May 16th
US: NBC Sports Studios, Stamford, Connectitut - May 22nd
CAN: Sportsnet Studios, Toronto, Ontario - May 30th
- NEW! Players finishing 3rd and 4th will face each other in a best-of-three consolation round, with the winner earning a spot at the World finals.
The World finals will be hosted at the 2020 NHL Awards, time and place still TBA. The champion will receive the largest share of the prize pool - $60,000 USD.
- NEW! This year, the World final features nine players in a two-stage event. The first stage consists of a head-to-head round robin best-of-three series between the three third place regional finalists - the top two will be advancing to the final eight-person bracket.
- NEW! The World final is played with the top eight competitors in a single elimination bracket consisting of head-to-head, best-of-three series (1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6 etc.).
Where to watch and follow?
Find all information about the tournament at www.nhl.com/fans/gaming
The Regional finals and World finals will be streamed on the NHL Twitch channel.
Tournament brackets can be followed on FACEIT once the play has commenced.
On social media, #NHLGWC lets you follow the conversation around the event.