The H1Z1 Pro League is set to debut on 21 April at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios, bringing around the first professional competition centred on the battle royale game. The latest announcement comes shortly after Twin Galaxies Co-Chairman Jace Hall spoke of the ‘leap from Esports 1.0 to 2.0’ and the creation of an unprecedented eSports experience where everyone is successful.
The H1Z1 Pro League will help popularise the game as a viable eSports title, drawing from the particular viewer-friendly experience it offers. By collaborating with Facebook to broadcast the event, the H1Z1 Pro League is hoping to reach out to a broader audience and appeal to non-gamers as well.
The organisers of the tournament have decided to deck out the venue with state-of-the-art hardware to guarantee fast-paced action for the 75 contenders. Spectators both on Facebook and on-site will be treated to a comprehensive viewing experience and will be able to follow all 75 players throughout as the competition unfolds, courtesy of Ceasars Entertainment Studio.
Organisers have chosen H1Z1 because of the level of skill and commitment aspiring professionals need to invest in order to make it to the top. It is a particularly auspicious time for battle royale games to transition from popular titles into full-blown competitions. Gaming market analysis company NewZoo has recently noted the soaring popularity of the genre. Twitch celebrity Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has been among the people to embrace Fortnite, which he is hosting a tournament for in April.