Japanese publisher Cygames has unveiled its 2018 esports calendar, revealing how YOU can win a million dollars, just for playing its hit strategy title, Shadowverse.
The announcement came as part of the Shadowverse Open Mid Season Special broadcast, which took place last weekend, and revealed the following highlights:
- The Shadowverse Open series of online tournaments will continue, allowing entrants from more countries than ever before.
With one season already underway this year, the Shadowverse Open will continue, with another two seasons scheduled to take place this year. Not only that, but the competition will be extended to South-east Asia and Oceania, South America, and a wider number of European regions, extending Shadowverse’s esports reach to over 120 countries.
- The launch of the World Circuit, a series of major offline tournaments, including a collaboration with the world’s most awesome esports festival, DreamHack.
The newly announced World Circuit will consists of three offline tournaments that ANYONE can take part in: DreamHack Tours (France, May 19-21), The South East Asia & Oceania Open (exact date and location TBD), and DreamHack Montreal (Canada, September 7-9). Each tournament will feature a prize pool of $10,000 and a chance to qualify for the World Grand Prix (see below).
- How to qualify for this year’s World Grand Prix – first prize A MILLION DOLLARS.
In order to determine who will fly out to Tokyo for this year’s World Grand Prix, 2018’s
top Shadowverse players will be flown to LA or Singapore in October to take part in
one of three Contenders Cups – one for the Americas, one for Europe, and one for
South-East Asia and Oceania.
The following players will qualify for the Contenders Cups:
- The winners of each of the World Circuit tournaments*
- The winners of the Spring and Summer Pan-American or European Shadowverse Open online tournaments
- The players with the most 2018 league points (league points can be earned across all competitions)
- Finally, there will be spots for the winners of dedicated wild card tournaments that will take place in September
With a truly global reach, and with so many spots up for grabs, even Shadowverse newcomers are in with a chance of qualification for this year’s World Grand Prix. It’s never been a better time for competitive Shadowverse.
*Note: winners of World Circuit tournaments will only qualify if they represent the local region. If a representative from outside the tournament region wins, then the qualifying spot will be awarded on the basis of league points
DreamHack is the world’s largest digital festival, a meeting place for gamers, with major events hosted each year in Europe and North America. Founded in 1994, DreamHack’s core has always been the LAN party where attendees bring their computer from home and set up for 3 straight days of gaming. DreamHack’s festivals have grown organically over time, becoming a platform for esports, Internet and gaming culture, intellectual and creative competitions, live music acts, lectures by industry experts, celebrity content creators, cosplayers, Expo Hall and much more.
DreamHack is also a production company, creating content focused on gaming, esports, music and arena events, for both traditional Television and digital content networks. In 2017, DreamHack welcomed more than 250,000 visitors to its live events and its online esports broadcasts received more than 375 million views. More information is available at dreamhack.com. DreamHack is part of leading international digital entertainment group MTG. More information at mtg.com.
About the Shadowverse Open
The Shadowverse Open is a series of online Shadowverse tournaments open to players from North America, Europe, and South-East Asia. Everyone who takes part is in with a chance of qualifying for this year’s World Grand Prix, and to pick up part of the prize pool for the Open itself, which stands at $16,000 per season for North America, $16,000 for Europe, and $3,000 for South-East Asia/Oceania.
The Shadowverse Open is broadcast on Twitch every weekend, and the current season – The Shadowverse Open: Chronogenesis – has two weeks left to run, with the finals due to take place over the weekend of March 24. For additional broadcast and sign-up information visit the Shadowverse Open: Chronogenesis website: http://shadowverseopen.com/
About the Shadowverse World Grand Prix
The Shadowverse World Grand Prix is the definitive Shadowverse showdown, featuring the best players from all over the world battling it out for the title of World Champion. Last year’s event saw 24 of the greatest players from around the globe gather to compete for a total of $120,000 in cash prizes. This year’s event will once again take place in Tokyo with a first prize of $1,000,000, making it a more exhilarating contest than ever before. Who will be crowned the ultimate Shadowverse master?
The next evolution in the collectible card game (CCG) genre, Shadowverse features a wealth of both single-player and competitive multiplayer content, and a multitude of beautifully illustrated cards.
The game has been downloaded over 16 million times and was described as “2016’s standout digital CCG” by SuperData Research. It features eight fully-voiced interweaving stories, a vast array of different deck strategies, and the ability to unlock the full potential of your favorite cards by “evolving” them mid-battle for a truly gripping strategy experience.