ESP Gaming announced this week it will launch a new high-drama, multi-game-genre esports league: the World Showdown of Esports. ESP President Jeff Liboon provided Forbes with more details.
WSOE is a little different than the other leagues out there, based on a “fight night” format that pits the best players in each game against each other for one match on one night only, the company said. The first WSOE will take place this fall at ESP’s 10,000-square-foot PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
To celebrate the new league, the WSOE is partnering with tournament organizer Auzom to host The PUBG Pan-Continental, which will broadcast live from the PokerGO studio on Twitch July 14-15. Players from Team Vitality, Team Envy, OpTic Gaming, Tempo Storm and other guests will complete in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
I caught up with Liboon to ask five questions about the new league:
Heather Newman: Obviously PUBG will be involved based on the launch event. Are any other games/genres either confirmed or on your wish list?
Jeff Liboon: This event is specifically a kickoff party to really celebrate our partnership with Auzom — well-regarded for their support of the competitive PUBG community — while giving a glimpse of the production value and content we will be producing with the WSOE.