The first ever Red Bull Training Grounds will give eight invited eSports athletes the opportunity to elevate their play in a weekend of intense match-ups and expert analysis.
This first-of-the-season event, taking place June 21st – 23rd at Red Bull North America Headquarters in Santa Monica, will spotlight Blizzard Entertainment’s award winning real-time strategy game, StarCraft® II, with $8,000 USD in prize money on the line to keep the competition more than friendly. Beloved eSports personality and legend Sean “Day” Plott and fan favorites Mike “Husky” Lamond and Ben “MrBitter” Nichol will serve as commentators and inquisitors, calling the action as it happens, as well as interviewing each player to analyze their performance and up their game.
The eight participating players, invited from the cream of the eSports crop of European and North American pros, will scrimmage in a series of round-robin matches over the course of the first two days, giving each athlete the opportunity to experience one another’s signature tactics and evasive rebuttals. At the completion of each scrimmage, players head to the analysis booth to discuss and critique their performance, giving the audience at home a bleacher seat to the training regimes and techniques of top players, gaining strategic insight right alongside the pros.
With a total of $5,000 on the line, the top two players from each group will battle it out in a single elimination Bo5 format. The two players with the highest game score will advance to the Grand Final where they will go head-to-head in a Bo7 round.
Players will receive $100 for every game won ($3600 total in Group Stage prizing).
Tune in daily throughout the weekend, from 2PMPST / 5PMEST/ 10PM GMT to 9PM PST / 12AM EST / 5AM GMT to catch all the action and every word of analysis.