FACEIT announced earlier today that they will be running the first official Quake Pro League in partnership with Bethesda Softworks. The new league will kick off at QuakeCon 2019 and run all the way until the same event in 2020. Competitions and ket events will take place at some of the bigger tournament conventions across the country, but no word yet as to what events they’ll be at. For now, all we know is they’ll all broadcast on the official Quake Twitch channel. We have more details of the schedule for you below, as well as a roadmap of what they intend to do throughout the year of events.
The Quake Pro League is the latest advancement in a rich history of Quake and FACEIT. The leading competitive gaming platform created the popular FACEIT Sunday Cups which were broadcast live each week from the FACEIT Studio in a celebration for the Quake community that reinvigorated the competitive ecosystem. FACEIT also produced the highlight in the Quake calendar in QuakeCon 2013 and 2014, and hosted the FACEIT: Legends Cup on the platform, which invited eight legendary Quake players to compete. D.I.C.E 2016 and 2017 also featured the FACEIT QuakeWorld Tournament, which saw the gaming industry’s most influential figures compete in an exciting 1v1 tournament.
The Quake Pro League kicks off at QuakeCon 2019 and runs until QuakeCon 2020. The world’s best players—10 from NA/SA and 10 from EU/CIS—will compete at QuakeCon 2019 to earn their Global Ranking and begin their journey in the Quake Pro League. A new competitive mode, Timelimit Duel, has been tailor-made for the Quake Pro League to showcase the insane skill these diverse players possess, allowing for a wider margin of control and the chance for fan-favorite comebacks. Following QuakeCon 2019, the first league games on FACEIT will start in August with weekly online studio broadcasts every Sunday. Offline Major and Minor events will occur during November 2019; February 2020; May 2020; and conclude at Quakecon 2020.
While the Quake Pro League will showcase the current best players in the world, hungry challengers will have their chance to unseat the pros in the Quake Challengers! Weekly online competitions on FACEIT, in parallel to the Quake Pro League are open to all players in NA, SA, EU, and CIS. The top four highest-ranked Challengers (2 from NA/SA and 2 from EU/CIS) in a stage will also be flown to offline events! These Challengers will receive guaranteed prizing and have the opportunity to unseat the lowest-ranked Quake Pros in regulation matches, thus taking their Pro League seat in the next stage.