The 2018 VR League esports season comes to a head at Oculus Connect 5 on September 26th and 27th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA! With over $120,000 USD in prizes up for grabs and the best players and teams from Onward, Echo Arena, The Unspoken, and Sprint Vector battling it out live. “This is sure to be VR’s most exciting event of the year,” says Oculus Head of Esports Christopher K. McKelvy.
The VR League grand finals, powered by ESL, Oculus and Intel, will be streamed live on VR League’s Facebook, Twitch and YouTube channels starting at 11:30 AM PST/19:30 CEST on both Wednesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 27th. Day One will feature Onward and The Unspoken, and Day Two will feature Echo Arena and Sprint Vector.
This 5v5 tactical mil-sim is virtual reality’s premiere FPS title. Working in tandem with the VR Master League, the VR League has hosted an invitational and showcased several Onward matches from the top teams worldwide and is proud to bring them to the main stage at OC5.
The top four teams from around the world will be on-site at OC5. Globochem have already secured an invite after their dominant performance at the Onward Invitational, and two more slots are up for grabs via the VR Master League open qualifier beginning on August 11th.
The fourth and final slot will be awarded on September 2nd at the Onward Last Chance Qualifier, hosted live at the ESL Studios in Leicester, UK. Four teams from the VR Master League will be invited to compete live on LAN. The winner of this double-elimination tournament will travel to Oculus Connect 5, where they will battle it out for their share of the $60,000 prize pool.
Visit vr.eslgaming.com/onward and the VR Master League page for additional details on dates, how to enter, and more--and be sure to tune into the Onward World Finals Qualifier on September 1st and 2nd.
Earlier in July we hosted the Echo Arena Invitational at the ESL studios in Leicester, UK where we brought out the top four teams from both Europe and North America to show off the highest level of Echo Arena competition. Team ec.LiP.se secured yet another event win, once again dominating the competition with only the European team BLAST able to scratch a few games off of them in the grand finals.
The Echo Arena competition concludes in August as we lock in our final contenders for Oculus Connect 5. First up is the Stage 3 Finals on August 12th, where the two top teams from North America and Europe will receive an invite to the World Finals Qualifier alongside the winners from stages one and two earlier in the season.
Any and all remaining players will have one final opportunity in the Last Chance Qualifier on August 14th-15th. The top two teams from both NA and EU will advance to the World Finals Qualifier on August 19th.
The top two Echo Arena teams from North America and Europe will be decided at the World Finals Qualifier on August 18th-19th. Those four teams will go on to meet at Oculus Connect 5 on September 27th for the season finale, with $38,000 up for grabs alongside the championship title.
Each of these events will be broadcast live in the run up to OC5, so be sure to tune in at 10:00AM PST/19:00 CEST on August 12th, 15th and 19th to see who to expect at the grand finals at Oculus Connect 5!
For more details on the qualification path, how to enter and more, head to vr.eslgaming.com/echoarena.
In The Unspoken, players take the role of a powerful spellcaster to duel using gestures to summon spells and beasts in order to defeat their opponent in a fighting game-style arena. With a $11,250 and a complete online season, the top four Unspoken players from North America and Europe will sling spells and fight with the mystic arts on September 26th at OC5.
With the weekly competition already closed on ESL Play, the top four Unspoken players have already earned their place in the World Finals Qualifier. An additional four slots remain, and hopeful competitors can earn their place in the Last Chance Qualifier on August 14th. The World Finals Qualifier takes place on August 18th, where the top two players in each region will advance to the grand finals at Oculus Connect 5.
For more information regarding the upcoming qualifiers, how to enter and more, head to vr.eslgaming.com/theunspoken.
This unique and highly physical racing game from Survios was one of the most highly anticipated titles of Season 2 and we’re excited to see the best Sprint Vector racers from around the globe live on stage at Oculus Connect 5.
With $11,750 up for grabs players will have to enter the World Finals Qualifier on August 17th. After eight high-octane races, the top eight players (determined by points) will qualify for Oculus Connect 5. The champion will have to put up another brilliant performance across eight races on September 27th on stage at OC5.
To learn more about the upcoming qualifiers, how to enter and more, visit vr.eslgaming.com/sprintvector.
Where and when to watch?
The conclusion to the second season of the VR League will be streamed live from Oculus Connect 5 on the VR League’s Facebook, Twitch and YouTube channels starting at 11:30 AM PST/19:30 CEST on Wednesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 27th. Don’t forget to follow the VR League on Twitter and Facebook for updates, giveaways, highlights and more.
Upcoming Broadcasts - All broadcast begin at 10:00 PST/19:00 CEST unless otherwise noted
- August 3rd at 12:00 PST / 21:00 CEST* - Onward Qualifier Matches
August 5th - Onward Qualifier Matches
- August 12th - Echo Arena Stage 3 Final
- August 15th - Echo Arena Last Chance Qualifier
August 19th - Echo Arena World Final Qualifier
- August 24th at 12:00 PST / 21:00 CEST* - Onward Final Open Qualifier
- August 26th - Onward Final Open Qualifier
September 1st - 2nd - Onward Last Chance Qualifier
September 8th - Road to OC5 Recap Show
- September 26th-27th - Oculus Connect 5