ESL Mortal Kombat X launch event establishes title as a force in fighting game esports

Sat, May 2 2015 11:04 PM CDT

ESL kicked off the Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive program with the incredibly successful Fatal 8 invitational, presented by Xbox. The four hour event totaled over 200,000 hours watched and a peak concurrent viewership (CCU) of 85,449 as ESL, the world's largest esports company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios concluded their search for Mortal Kombat X's first champion.

The ESL Burbank studios were at maximum capacity as the fighting game community rallied around the newly released game's esports success. Official viewing parties in London and Paris also thrived as the fighting game experts fought to prove themselves in the newly-released game. The weekend saw #Fatal8 trending on Twitter in the United States as social media exploded with support for the game and tournament: over 2.2 million social media impressions were made with more than one million people reached over Facebook.

"The fighting game community is one that we were eager to welcome into the ESL ecosystem. But we knew we had to do it right," said Joshua Gray, Creative Producer at ESL and Fatal 8 host. "A lot of time went into perfecting the event's build up - from the personalized invitations to the trailers that really did tease. We put ourselves under a lot of pressure, having built up so many expectations. All of us here at ESL are extremely happy with how the event went, and with the reaction from the community. Fatal 8 was just the beginning: our ESL Pro League for Mortal Kombat X kicks off May 3rd across our three regions and promises to be spectacular."

The Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program continues May 3rd with the ESL Pro League for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, which hosts weekly US$1,000 tournaments in North America and Europe, with US$1,000 PC competition in the CIS territories. Each region will host open cups on Sunday that feature a single elimination best-of-five tournament with the top sixteen advancing to battle it out on Wednesday for that week's prize money.

Mid-Season Showdowns in each region award US$2,500 in prize money to the best-performing teams, with the winning players securing themselves a spot towards the Pro League's Global Season Finals. Set to take place on July 11th in the ESL Burbank studios, the Global Season Finals will pay out at least US$50,000 in prize money. Showcasing the best sixteen players from around the world: seven players from North America, five from Europe and two from CIS territories with two spots left to be announced.

For more information please see the tournament's official website or visit . New to Mortal Kombat X? Check out "Kombat Klass" on YouTube for tips and tricks on how to play the game more effectively!

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