ELEAGUE has been getting comfortable with the fighting game space for quite some time, so it makes sense that the Street Fighter Invitational would return for another year. Turner Sports and IMG announced the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational 2018 on Thursday morning, revealing a six-week tournament that's set to culminate in mid-July.
ELEAGUE will invite 24 of the top Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition players in the world to compete from the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta, GA for a chance at a $250,000 prize pool. Group play across four groups is set to kick off on June 1, with one group competing each weeka across the entire month. Once the playoff field is determined, the remaining players will compete on Friday, July 13 until a champion is crowned. Last year's event saw Victor "Punk" Woodley triumph over Arman "Phenom" Hanjani in the Grand Finals.
Both the group stage and the playoffs will be broadcast live on Twitch, while those looking to watch on basic cable can catch the action on TBS at 11PM ET. Look for the invited players to be named at a later date.
Those looking to get a piece of the action themselves can jump in on the inaugural ELEAGUE x Battlefy: Street Fighter V Open, which is open to players of all skill levels. A preseason will be held on the weekend of April 14-15, with two regular seasons kicking off on April 21 and May 12. Those who make it to the end will be flown out to Atlanta to compete in the ELEAGUE Arena on Friday, July 13 before the Invitational Grand Finals. Registration will begin on Saturday, March 31.
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