Today, Oculus and ESL have announced that the VR League is returning for its third season, bringing together the best virtual reality (VR) players in the world for a series of matches on some of the most popular and newest multiplayer experiences.
With players now competing for a prize pool of $250,000 USD, Season 3 will kickoff with a showmatch between last season’s finalists this Sunday, 3rd March before the official start on 24th March.
For Season 3 there will be a slight change in the videogames played, with Ready At Dawn’s Echo Arena and Downpour Interactive’s Onward staying put, while Sprint Vector and The Unspoken have been removed in favour of Ubisoft’s upcoming shooter Space Junkies, which is due to launch for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR on 26th March 2019, plus Ready At Dawn’s follow up title Echo Combat.
“Through our partnership with Oculus, VR League is helping competitive VR expand to new audiences and further its impact in the esports industry as a whole,” said Sean Charles, SVP Global Publisher & Developer Relations at ESL. “Kicking off the third season with a showmatch leading into full competition around four titles, we are set to create exciting new esports experiences for both players and fans.”
“2019 will be a huge year for VR gaming with the launch of Oculus Quest and Season 3 & 4 of the VR League,” said Christopher K. McKelvy, Head of Esports at Oculus. “This year will be Oculus’ biggest investment in esports yet. We’re adding new games, more broadcasts and a bigger prize pool.”
VR League: Season 3 will have weekly cups in both Europe and North America, and culminate in an offline Grand Finals event at Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, UK. For more information on the schedule and to sign up for the league, head to the official VR League website. As further updates are released, VRFocus will let you know.