The #ELEAGUESFV Invitational returns on June 1st with 24 players and a $250,000 prize pool!
ELEAGUE is bringing back their Street Fighter V Invitational this June with some noticeable adjustments!
Up to twenty-four of the world's best Street Fighter players will be invited to participate in a series of group brackets every Friday in June. Each group will consist of six players, and only two per group will advance to a finals bracket that will take place on July 13th. The prize pool up for grabs totals up to $250,000.
Coverage of each of the group playoffs will be broadcast live via ELEAGUE's social media pages. For the final matches in each group, they will be shared via both ELEAGUE's pages and the TBS network.
The players participating in this year's ELEAGUE SFV Invitational have yet to be announced. However, the Twitter post confirming the Invitational itself can be seen here.
For 2018, however, ELEAGUE is going all in...it's not going to be just the invited players that will experience their tastes of glory. They have partnered with Battlefly to bring you a side-series called Street Fighter V Open, in which players will compete across two seasons worth of online brackets lasting for five consecutive weekends, beginning April 21st. Registration for the Battlefly Open begins tomorrow, March 31st.
A pre-season will precede the series on April 14th, so that players will have a chance to become accustomed to the features for the Battlefly platform and the mechanics of Street Fighter V.
At the end of the Open series, the top two finishers will receive a fully paid trip to the ELEAGUE arena in Georgia, where they will participate against one another in an exhibition that will precede the Invitational itself!
Last year's Invitational proved incredibly successful, as it was acknowledged as the second-most viewed esports event by ELEAGUE. By the time the finals reached their conclusion, total viewers added up to 335,000, with around 183,000 of them falling within the age category of 18-49. Only their H1Z1 series, Fight For the Crown, bested the SFV Invitational, but by a slight margin.
With Street Fighter V now in its third season, which doubles as SFV: Arcade Edition, gamers everywhere will be ecstatic to see Street Fighter champions slugging it out for the crown! In the first invitational, it was Echo Fox Punk that took home the ultimate victory, so if he is invited again (and chances of that are more than likely), it falls onto him to defend his throne.
For a look back at the Grand Finals of last year's Invitational, see the video below!
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