The coolest tournament in VR esports, the Echo Arena Snowflake Cup, will take place in a one-day event on December 16 for the Oceania region and a two-day event on December 19 and 20 for North American and European regions. The 4v4 community cup will have a unique team structure designed to encourage positive interaction that leaves no one out in the cold.

Since it can be polarizing to organize mixed region competitions on the internet, organizers have decided to help everyone chill by splitting the regions. The Snowflake Cup will feature North America, Europe, and Oceania with their own unique registration and playtimes.

Event registration opens today and players can sign up solo or in pairs of two. However, please note:

  • There are NO mixed regions for this cup.
  • Max of 2 players per team at sign-up so all teams should be incomplete at registration.

Event managers will put pairs together after the event sign-up deadline. Solo entrants will also be placed on teams at that point.

Format

Tournament format will be as follows:

  • 4v4
  • sign up solo or in pairs of 2
  • NA, EU, OCE regions
  • Players of all levels are invited to register.
  • Double elimination bracket
  • Closed comms or open comms. Your choice!
  • Teams are encouraged to choose names related to Snowflake Cup theme.

Registration Links

When you register for this event, please make certain you sign up in the correct region with a maximum of two players per team.

Asia/Pacific:  Register for the Oceania region Snowflake Cup.

  • Friday, December 18 (one day event)
  • GMT + 11: 1 pm – 8 pm
  • Please note that for North American viewers, this is Thursday at 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST.

Europe:  Register for the European region Snowflake Cup.

  • Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, December 20
  • GMT: 1 pm – 6 pm
  • semi-finals and finals on day 2, Dec. 20
  • Please note that for North American viewers, this begins at 8 am EST / 5 am PST

North America:  Register for the North American region Snowflake Cup.

  • Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, December 20
  • 1 pm ET / 10 am PT – 6 pm ET / 3 pm PT
  • semi-finals and finals on day 2, Dec. 20

Registration deadline for all regions is December 14 at 11:59 EST.

After this deadline, tournament admins will sort pairs and solo registrants into teams of four. Once those are posted, teams are encouraged to put on their most wintery Echo skins and get in the spirit for this holiday-themed event.

Prizes

Snowflake Cup sponsors are Rebuff Reality and VR Community Builders with support from VR Master League for video production and casting. Prizes and recipients will remain secret until the conclusion of North American matches on Sunday, December 20. They will be announced at that time.

Rebuff Reality creates top quality VR accessories such as the VR Power, a battery-pack that enables players to stay in stand-alone headsets for longer periods of time, and they support VR esports through sponsorships of community and pro-level events. Rebuff Reality is an official sponsor of the VR Master League.

VR Community Builders is a community-based organization designed to encourage the development of positive, inclusive environments in virtual reality and beyond. VR Community Builders supports growth of VR communities by providing insight, encouragement, promotion, and practical help.

Where to Watch

Experienced casters from the VR Master League, a community-driven platform that features the most popular VR esports game on the market, will provide video production for this event. This is always a treat as these guys provide pro-level coverage and Echo Arena is traditionally one of the most exciting VR esports for viewers to enjoy.

Watch the event live on the Echo Arena Master League Twitch channel.

Viewers of any previous Echo Arena esports events might be aware of the community’s penchant for puns, particularly from Palidore, VRML caster-coordinator and pun-king. The Snowflake Cup and theme-related team names are sure to provide plenty of opportunities to break the ice with viewers. We snow you’d have a great time so don’t be flaky. Join us!

Echo VR

Ready At Dawn’s Echo VR is a free download from the Oculus store and the game is playable on all major headsets, including the standalone Oculus Quest. Echo VR includes Echo Arena, a team-based zero-gravity sport game, as well as Echo Combat, a zero-gravity first-person shooter.

There is a large competitive scene for Echo Arena, but for those who prefer more casual fun, there are regular community events such as the Snowflake Cup that players can enjoy over the course of a weekend.

The Echo Community has a tradition of helping new players so join the community Discord server or reach out on your favorite social media platform if you have questions.

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Now what are you waiting for? There’s no need for cold feet! Invite a friend to join you for some VR esports fun this holiday season.


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