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Vol. 141 Jun 2020
First Esports Premier League calls on pro gamers and esports fans to battle and play
The long-awaited first season of the Esports Premier League (EPL), which was put off by the pandemic, is finally underway.

Featuring an impressive prize pool of HK$450,000, the EPL is attracting pro-gamers and amateurs alike to strut their stuff over League of Legends (LOL), Arena of Valor (AOV), or eFootball PES2020. Even top players, such as Pasa, a high-ranking LOL player in Hong Kong, are joining to enjoy some esports fun.

Due to social distancing requirements, qualifier rounds have been moved online, and a new qualification system has been adopted to enable and attract more gamers to participate.

Starting from May, a weekly online qualifier round for each game have come into play, running for six weeks. The qualifier champion will automatically earn a spot at the grand finale, while all participating teams will earn points based on their performance in that week. The 10 teams scoring the highest after the six qualifier rounds will proceed to the grand finale during Hong Kong Computer and Communication Festival, where they will face off against all finalists for a chance to win the grand championship and claim fabulous prizes.

The EPL is already in its fourth round of LOL, fourth round of AOV, and third round of eFootball PES2020. More than 300 teams have already signed up to play. Anyone who wishes to join the weekly qualifiers should sign up today while the action is hot.

The EPL is organised by Esports Association Hong Kong supported by Cyberport’s Esports Industry Facilitation Scheme, which offers flexibility for projects to move online in view of the pandemic.
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