Turner and IMG Partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to Bring ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship to TBS this Fall
Monday, June 12, 2017
Capstone Tournament of the Injustice 2 Championship Series to Feature
World’s Best Players Competing for $250,000 Prize Pool
ELEAGUE, the premium esports tournament brand from Turner and IMG, has partnered with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to bring NetherRealm Studios’ critically acclaimed, super-powered fighting game Injustice 2 and its massive lineup of DC characters to the forefront of the esports world with the first-ever ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship.
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The ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship will provide a thrilling conclusion to the debut season of the Injustice 2 Championship Series, with the top 16 Injustice 2 players in the world facing off for $250,000 in prize money. Featured matches throughout the tournament will be presented live on TBS, with live coverage of every match available via digital platforms. Event coverage of the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship will begin with the Open Qualifier on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Injustice 2 is the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us that allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Featuring a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, players for the first time can personalize their favorite iconic DC characters – including Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman – with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. This unique feature allows gamers to take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.
This marks the fourth game ELEAGUE has featured since its 2016 launch, following successful tournaments for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Overwatch®, and Street Fighter® V. With Injustice 2, ELEAGUE will continue its venture into the world of fighting games on the heels of the successful ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational.
ELEAGUE is the premium esports tournament brand formed in partnership between Turner and IMG that officially launched in 2016. A leader in the delivery of live event experiences, ELEAGUE content is widely distributed across leading digital platform Twitch, along with showcase programming airing on Turner’s TBS, a fully-distributed cable television network. In its first year, ELEAGUE produced two seasons featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, along with the first-ever Overwatch® Open. As recognition of its industry-wide impact, ELEAGUE was awarded its first-ever CS:GO Major, originating from Atlanta in January 2017. The ELEAGUE Major Grand Final drove ELEAGUE’s Twitch channel to a record peak of more than one million concurrent streams, in addition to a reach of 3.6 million total viewers on TBS throughout the tournament. ELEAGUE received a Sports Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Studio Design and Art Direction in March 2017.
About Injustice 2 Championship Series
The Injustice 2 Championship Series is a global esports program for the critically acclaimed video game from NetherRealm Studios. The 2017 series has Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment teaming up with ELEAGUE, ESL, Gamelta esports Professional League, GameStop, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Twitch to further build the fighting game community around the world. The program offers amateur and pro players throughout North America, Europe and Latin America a chance to compete in different programs for a portion of a $600,000 USD prize pool.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.
About NetherRealm Studios
NetherRealm Studios is a leader in the development of interactive entertainment, and the creator of the billion-dollar Mortal Kombat franchise. Mortal Kombat has spawned two theatrical films, multiple television series, and has sold over 42 million games to date. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the award-winning NetherRealm team has been working and creating games together since 1992. Additional information about NetherRealm Studios can be found at www.netherrealm.com.