Interest in VR esports leagues continues to grow and today VRality is pleased to announce the launch of LIVE, the League of International VR Esports, which has joined forces with BigBox VR and Levity Play to present the first two titles in this international league: SmashBox Arena and Skyfront VR. The $2,500 prize pool will include gaming merchandise and Amazon gift cards.
A VR arcade located in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel, VRality has been actively involved in the competitive VR esports scene, building up their local community and participating in various tournaments.
“After participating in several sister leagues and running our own leagues and tournaments,” states Alex Rozenberg, founder of VRality, “we wish to further develop the VR scene.”
Although VRality was able to participate in numerous competitions and even took the Skyfront VR grand championship title in the Virtual Athletics League VR arcade world tournament last December, there were limitations to what they could do. Many of their regular players, for example, want to compete in VR league competitions that are only open to players or teams in Europe or North America. The League of International VR Esports addresses that challenge.
In fact, two of the most appealing aspects of LIVE is the fact that participants are welcome from anywhere in the world and also they can compete from home or from their local VR arcade.
While LIVE marks the beginning of VRality’s jump into leadership for international competition, they’ve already proven their ability to manage successful tournaments, including a SmashBox Arena Tournament earlier this year and a Beat Saber Israeli Tournament earlier this month that hosted three of the best five players in Israel, one of whom is in the top 25 worldwide.
Rozenberg states that the plan is to offer a viable league without limitations and he hopes that subsequent seasons can end in a LAN competition at a physical venue in Israel for the playoffs.
For LIVE Season One, competition is available in two of the most popular location-based VR esports games on the market.
Built from the ground up for virtual reality, BigBox VR’s SmashBox Arena is an action-packed multiplayer VR game. The competitive team shooter has several game modes and special features with power-ups that include giant boulders, sniperballs, and heat-seeking missiles.
Competition for the International SmashBox Arena VR Couples Tournament LIVE Season 1 will begin on Friday, November 8. There will be eight weeks of online competition plus an additional two weeks of playoffs.
Teams of two will compete from home or from their local VR arcades for an opportunity to win a share of the $1,000 prize pool (merchandise and gift cards) as well as bragging rights as the first LIVE SmashBox champions!
You can purchase SmashBox Arena on the Oculus Store or Steam and practice at home.
Levity Play’s Skyfront VR is an adrenaline-filled shooter set in immersive picturesque landscapes that serve as zero-gravity battle arenas. The four colossal structures include Polis, Pyramid, Convent, and Genesis. Players fly through the beautiful arenas and challenge each other for the title of Ultimate Champion in a symbolic competition called Skyfront.
Competition in the Skyfront VR 4 v 4 League of International VR Esports Season 1 will begin on Friday, November 15. This will also include eight weeks of online competition plus an additional two weeks of playoffs.
Teams will compete to win a share of the $1,500 prize pool (merchandise and gift cards) as well as those ever important bragging rights.
You can purchase Skyfront on the Oculus Store or on Steam.
Where to Watch
Since LIVE is an international league with players competing from around the globe, Rozenberg says it was important that the competition be broadcast and run online. Viewers can visit the LIVE YouTube channel for the latest broadcasts.
As founders of LIVE, VRality is hosting and managing the tournament.
Prizes are being contributed by an Israeli distributor of Marvo and their gaming brand Scorpion.
LIVE also partners with Ecommunity, an Israeli-based company that employs individuals with special needs. Ecommunity deals with recycling electronic waste, raises awareness about proper disposal of electronic waste, and promotes renewal of electronic resources.
If you have questions about the League of International VR Esports, please visit their website.