Intel Partners Up With Oculus To Bring VR eSports To Life With ‘VR Challenger League’
Intel just took to the stage to talk about VR and the Core i9 processor. Intel is now the global provider for ESL in the back-end, front-end and for live-streaming. Intel is also sponsoring a deal in conjunction with Oculus to bring Echo-Arena to esports. The game will be free for users to try and play with release set for July 20th as long as you purchase Lone Echo for $34.99 today.
In Echo Arena—the fast-paced competitive multiplayer mode for Lone Echo—you’ll join a team of up to four other players and face off against the competition in a zero-gravity clash of robotic glory as you glide, boost, and punch your way to scoring goals in a breathtaking virtual arena. As a team sport, Echo Arena rewards players that work well together; with the incredible social expression offered by Touch, you’ll be able signal for a pass with a shout and a wave just as you naturally would, while throwing and catching the disc becomes a valuable skill to master. Even better though, Echo Arena is also full-contact sport: make a fist and use a swift punch to an opponent’s head to stun them, or grab onto another player’s back and catch a ride down-field. And of course, after you score a goal you can flaunt it with your own victory dance.
The VR Challenge League will bring the top players from Echo Arena and The Unspoken VR to Poland in 2018 where they’ll be going face to face to see who the best VR esports player is.
“We teamed up with ESL and Intel to bring you the most high-stakes VR competition yet,” said Oculus. “With an expected $200K in prizes up for grabs and games including Echo Arena and The Unspoken, this promises to be the biggest event to hit VR yet. Brackets begin on July 12 for The Unspoken and shortly after the July 20 launch for Echo Arena. Both leagues will culminate at the world’s biggest esports event—Intel Extreme Masters Poland!”