At long last, the NHL has entered the esports market.
The NHL on Friday announced registration for the Gaming World Championship, a global tournament that will give “NHL 18” players the chance to compete for $100,000. Qualifying for the tournament begins March 24, and a champion will be crowned in June.
Watch the league’s promo for the tourney in the video below:
There’s a lot of meat on this bone, but here are the nuts and bolts:
— Eight qualifying players from the United States, Canada and the European Union will compete in a regional, double-elimination tournament.
— European finals will be in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 6
— Canadian finals in Toronto on May 11
— U.S. finals at NBC Studios in Stamford, Conn., on May 20
— The winner and runner-up from each regional final will advance to a final round-robin tournament, which will start June 19 in Las Vegas.
— The final two gamers will compete in a best-of-three series to determine who wins the championship.
With the reveal of the Gaming World Championship, the NHL becomes the third of the United States’ four major professional sports league to sponsor its own esports tournament. The NFL just polished off the inaugural season of its Madden NFL Club Championship, and the NBA is set to launch the first season of its NBA 2K League.
Your move, Major League Baseball.