While the professional eSports scene is growing more and more with each passing month bringing more and more investors into the scene, however, the amateur side of eSports is getting left behind and neglected. That is NOT a good thing. Everyone, even Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok had to start somewhere. While the Solo Queue in South Korea is extremely competitive, serving as a star factory, that is not true for North America. This doesn’t only apply to League of Legends, but other eSports titles as well.
Where there is a problem, the one who comes up with the solution is in place to succeed above everyone else. Trying to take the mantle as pioneers of sorts in the Amateur eSports scene, Ultimate Media Ventures recently set up a monthly LAN tournament, called Battle on the Strip, where a different game is going to be played each month, with the teams fighting for a prize pool of $25,000.
When a tournament is run on LAN, the location obviously matters. Where could a tournament called Battle on the Strip could take place? In Las Vegas, of course. Speaking to Dot Esports’ Saira Mueller, the organizing company’s CEO, Jon Bukosky said that they picked Vegas because it’s a cheap place to travel to and stay in. That’s not why Vegas is an attractive destination for possible participants, however. If you are over 21, Las Vegas is one of the best cities in the US to party in. If you’re under 21, saying that you’re going to Vegas for the weekend is bound to impress your friends. Of course, it might be a hard sell to parents, in case their underage child qualifies for the tournament and wants to go to Vegas by himself. It’s called Sin City for a reason.
Speaking of qualifying, the qualifiers for Battle of the Strip will be run through the FACEIT platform. Any North American, qualified for the live event will be flown to Sin City, with room and board taken care off.
The livent events will take place at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the Foundry to be exact. Seeing as each month will feature a different game, players of most major eSports titles will have an opportunity to play, starting with Dota 2 players. This month’s tournament will start on the 16th of October. If you’re not lucky enough to be a Las Vegas resident, you will be able to watch the livestream of the event on Twitch, of course. What game is going to be played next month? CS:GO! After that? It should be announced next month. If the whole Venture proves to be successful, there’s a possibility that Battle of the Strip will continue next year as well.