eSports will soon be coming to the shores of Nigeria!
Evolve Integrated Services Ltd, the owners of ProGamesHub, the first and largest gaming platform in Nigeria, are soon to introduce the big eSports event in their home country. Their director, Tunde Renner, told supersport.com that his company’s vision “is to establish the values of fair-play, sportsmanship, respect and good manners in eSports, as in other sports and eventually end up partnering with FIFA.”
ProGamesHub will be introduced to the public on the 17th of November 2016, at the Get Arena. The event will have well-known guests from the entertainment industry as well as entertainment and sports journalists from both online and offline media to mark the occasion.
The event will also offer a multitude of drinks, food, music, and of course gaming to its guests. Guests will also be able to watch live on big screen, 10 celebrities (who are Rugged Man, Vector, Sexy Steel, Ehis, Solid Star, Brymo, Attitude, Ricardo Banks, MI, Osagie and Sound Sultan), compete against each other for the prize money of N300,000.
ProGamesHub will launch an immense selection process to identify the best players to face the best from other countries to bring the FIFA partnership to life. The event will be named ProGamesHub FIFA Tournament 16 and will kick off on January 6thm 2017.
Participants from outside Lagos who register to play at the tournament will be grouped into one of 6 zones: North-East (Kano), North-West (Kaduna), South-South (Port Harcourt), South-West (Benin), South-East (Owerri) and North-Central (Abuja), with Lagos being a stand-alone state. The participants in Lagos will be divided into two zones at six locations: Mainland (Ikeja and Surulere) and Island (Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki and Ajah).
256 players will move on from the qualification round which will further be narrowed down to 72 players from all the 6 zones (two from each state). The remaining 184 will be from the 3 zones in Lagos. These players will compete with each other in a single elimination competition where the winning players from this stage will qualify to play in the group stage of 32 players.
The players that qualify from the group stage will progress to play in the round of 16.
The round of 16 stage, through the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals will be held on the same day at the LandMark Event Center on the 4th of February, 2017. The Grand Final will follow where the best players will be battling it out for 5 million Naira in prize money. This is the first steps towards Nigeria becoming a player in the international eSports community, and this can only lead to benefits for all!
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