One of the most original rhythm-action titles of 2019 was Cloudhead Games’ first-person shooter (FPS) Pistol Whip, which recently won ‘Immersive Reality Game of the Year’ at the 2020 D.I.C.E. Awards. Today, the Virtual Athletics League (VAL) has announced a new esports tournament featuring the videogame, with the initial round starting in March.
The tournament is open to everyone – as long as you own a VR headset and copy of Pistol Whip of course!. Split into three sections the first is the home pool, where you can test your skills online against players worldwide. A prize fund of $2500 USD will be split amongst the eight best players, with the top scorer winning a cool $500.
In the second Arcade Pool section the same rules apply, just this time you have to head to a qualifying arcade to enter. SpringboardVR is supporting and sponsoring efforts to involve their 500 VR arcade customers. This also gives those who were unsuccessful in the first round to have a second shot. Once both of those have taken place then the top three scorers will move onto the finals hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah. Finalists will be flown out for an all-expenses-paid trip to Salt Lake City to compete for up to $2500 as well as a new Oculus Rift S.
In addition to the tournament VRespawn and VAL will be running a global social media contest in mixed reality (MR). Powered by LIV, this is an opportunity for creators and influencers to showcase their talents, with eight winners selected for goodies from Cloudhead Games and Wolf 3D.
The Virtual Athletics League Pistol Whip dates:
- Home Tournament – 13th – 14th March
- Arcade Tournament 19th – 22nd March
- Grand Finals – 29th March
- Social Media contest starts 1st March until the end of the tournament
Pistol Whip arrived in November 2019 supporting Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. VRFocus gave Pistol Whip a solid four-stars in its review, noting: “Pistol Whip is huge amounts of fun even on the easiest difficulty setting, suitable for VR players no matter their skill level. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Pistol Whip, reporting back with further updates.