Hi-Rez today announced their Summer of Tribes tournament series! Between May and August of this summer tournaments will occur awarding over $30,000 in cash and other prizes, all while being broadcast live over the web with supporting commentary.
Tribes: Ascend, billed as the World’s Fastest Shooter, will be featured by leagues and tournament providers including Curse Networks and FPS General, North American Star League (NASL), Electronic Sports League (ESL), Cyber Sports Network (CSN), and European Game Series (EGS). Stay tuned at FPSGeneral.com for future info about Curse's tournaments!
“Given that we just released Tribes: Ascend mid April, we’re pleased with how quickly the e-Sports community is growing,” says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios COO. “Our team believes that Tribes can be a premier spectator event and we’re thrilled to have partners who share this vision and support the community with great broadcast content as well as prizing.”
“The community is already using TwitchTV to stream Tribes: Ascend game activity. With the next update we’ll feature certain streams as viewable within the game itself so those become broadcast events.”
“We enjoy working with developers like Hi-Rez Studios who harness live video to support their game community,” says Kevin Lin, TwitchTV Chief Operating Officer. “At Twitch we’ve seen a phenomenal rise in eSports, and it is exciting to see the growing popularity of a fast-action FPS like Tribes: Ascend.”
The finals for the first event are this Saturday, May 12th with CSN and features over $2,500 in prizing. The top prize for the summer will be a $10,000 prize pool for NASL Season 3. The NASL Tribes: Ascend semi-finals will be broadcast from E3 and the grand-finals will be a live LAN event in Toronto, Canada.
Tribes: Ascend is a free-to-play FPS for PC with unlockable classes, weapons, skills, and perks. In this sci-fi shooter, players traverse beautiful landscapes with jetpacks and vehicles as they fight to complete objectives and stay alive.