ESforce Holding will host CIS qualifiers for the Auto Chess Invitational 2019
ESforce Holding has become a premium partner of Auto Chess developer Drodo Studio. The tournament operator Epic Esports Events, a member of the holding, will organize the event's qualifier stage.
Drodo Studio, the developer of the popular online multiplayer game Auto Chess, has passed the organization rights in the CIS region to ESforce Holding as well as a status of a premium partner along with tournament operators in 7 other regions. Following its announcement in June 2019, the tournament with a prize pool of $1 000 000 is said to take place in Shanghai this October.
As the first international tournament organized by the developer, the Auto Chess Invitational will feature 32 players from 8 regions including North and South Americas, European Union, CIS, and Asia. Considering the game's immense popularity in South Korea, China, and Vietnam, these three countries will host standalone qualifiers with their winners directly advancing into the final. Players from the CIS will battle for two slots in the Auto Chess Invitational finals.
Organizers have ensured that they have support of experienced tournament operators in every region, with the developer’s premium partners hosting regional qualifiers and helping advance the Auto Chess esports scene in local markets. All tournament operators have a rich history in organizing international online and LAN-tournaments in various esports disciplines including CS:GO, Dota 2, PUBG, and others. Along with ESforce, Drodo Studio partnered with such companies as Imba!, GLL, SIN Esports, LVP, FunEase, and VNG.
“We are excited that Drodo Studio and the Auto Chess tournament organizers chose us as their partners in the CIS region, — said Maxim Maslov, CEO of Epic Esports Events, the tournament operator and member of ESforce Holding. — As of right now, Russia is in the top three countries with the highest Auto Chess esports viewership, so I expect our region's qualifiers to cause a real commotion among professional players, fans, and the whole CIS esports community.”
In June 2019 Auto Chess developers announced that the final participant count will be decided via regional qualifiers and direct invitations to select players. The organizers also promise to hold various online and offline events aimed at increasing community engagement in the tournament.
Regional qualifiers will take place throughout September 2019. Detailed Information about each region’s qualifiers will be distributed by tournament operators.