I’ve always been fond of esports. In the future, I will be taking a look at VR esports and multiplayer games. One of the ways in which to see the health of an esport is the amount of money in the prize pool; while not a sole factor, it is a major one. That is why the announcement of the VR League is one to keep your eyes on, as 2019 keeps rolling.

ESL, the world’s largest esports company, and Oculus, today announced VR League: Season 3 will kickoff with a showmatch on March 3. Gameplay will officially commence on March 24 to compete for a prize pool of $250,000.

“Through our partnership with Oculus, VR League is helping competitive VR expand to new audiences and further its impact in the esports industry as a whole,” said Sean Charles, SVP Global Publisher & Developer Relations at ESL. “Kicking off the third season with a showmatch leading into full competition around four titles, we are set to create exciting new esports experiences for both players and fans.”

The opening showmatch for VR League: Season 3 will be between last season’s finalists during Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice at the IEM Expo, located adjacent to Spodek Arena. Onsite fans can watch the match at the Ballroom Stage, and more details on Season 3 will be unveiled live.

“2019 will be a huge year for VR gaming with the launch of Oculus Quest and Season 3 & 4 of the VR League,” said Christopher K. McKelvy, Head of Esports at Oculus. “This year will be Oculus’ biggest investment in esports yet. We’re adding new games, more broadcasts and a bigger prize pool.”

In addition to two of last season’s games, Ready At Dawn’s Echo Arena and Downpour Interactive’s Onward, the third season will also include Ready At Dawn’s Echo Combat and Ubisoft’s Space Junkies. VR League: Season 3 will have weekly cups in both Europe and North America, and culminate in an exciting offline Grand Finals event at Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, UK.


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Tom Ffiske

Editor, Virtual Perceptions

Tom Ffiske specialises in writing about VR, AR, and MR across the immersive reality industry. Tom is based in London.