Intel Announces $500,000 open-invite Tournament for Tokyo 2020

Intel has just announced an open invitation to all Street Fighter V and Rocket League players to compete in its brand new tournament in Japan ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. This is to possibly to get esports on the Olympic agenda. Intel will be hosting a series of competitive gaming events leading up to the World Open in 2020, with prizes of $250,000 set for each game.

Since this is an open invite anyone has the chance to enter with online qualifiers to begin in early 2020 leading up to the big event in Tokyo. With the large prize money it will surely attract some of the best players out there. Here are the details for each game…

Street Fighter V

  • National Qualifiers: Four seats will go up for grabs in one of 12 national teams worldwide. The invitation is open to all for a chance at a spot on the team, and will run for 4-8 weeks early 2020.
  • Regional Qualifiers: Players from outside of the 12 countries picked for national teams will face off in the regional qualifiers, running between March and May 2020. Eight teams will advance to the next stage.
  • Live Qualifier in Katowice, Poland: All teams will converge in Katowice for a 20-team showdown. The seven strongest team from the Americas, EEMEA, and APEC will head to Japan for the finals, joining the auto-qualified home team.
  • Tokyo Final Event: Taking place on July 22-24, 2020 at the Zepp DiverCity venue, this event will see one team emerge victorious and claim a majority stake in the $250,000 prize pool.

Rocket League

  • Online qualifiers: Early 2020 the call will go out for players across the globe to go head-to-head, 3v3, in Rocket League, with spots on 16 teams up for grabs and an automatic spot in the Live Qualifier for whoever comes out on top.
  • Live Qualifier in Katowice: June will see 16 teams in the arena to claim one of seven spots available in the final alongside home side Japan.
  • Tokyo Final Event: Taking place on July 22-24, 2020 at the Zepp DiverCity venue, this event will see one team emerge victorious and claim a majority stake in the $250,000 prize pool.

This tournament will allow gamers to show the professional sporting world what esports are all about, and more importantly the audience it can attract. There have been rumblings about getting esports into the Olympics. Unfortunately, the Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach has ruled out violent video games, which is many of the most popular esports titles.

Source: PCGamesN

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