ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational 2018 to Showcase Clash of 24 Elite Players with Live Action Beginning Friday, June 1, on TBS & Twitch
Innovative ELEAGUE x Battlefy: Street Fighter® V Open Companion Event Will Offer Amateur Gamers Chance to Compete at ELEAGUE Arena

ELEAGUE, the premium esports content and live tournament brand from Turner and IMG, today announced a new live tournament featuring Capcom’s one-on-one fighting classic Street Fighter® V: Arcade Edition.  The ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational 2018 will throw down five nights of live action, highlighted by 24 of the best players from around the world competing for a $250,000 purse, beginning Friday, June 1, at 11 p.m. ET on TBS. Exclusive live digital coverage of each week’s initial matches will take place each Friday via Twitch.

ELEAGUE has also partnered with esports competition platform Battlefy to launch an innovative companion tournament for amateur gamers across the U.S. The first-ever ELEAGUE x Battlefy: Street Fighter V Open will provide fans and players of all skill levels a chance to compete in online matches via the Battlefy portal. ELEAGUE will offer the top two finishers a VIP trip to Atlanta, where they will compete at ELEAGUE Arena prior to live coverage of the Invitational’s Grand Final on Friday, July 13.

ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational

Street Fighter V Invitational 2018 Key Dates & Format
The Invitational will offer fans five action-packed Friday nights of live competition, with 24 star players set to compete in four groups. The top two performers from each group will advance to the Playoffs. Group A will face off on June 1; Group B on June 8; Group C on June 15, and Group D on June 22. The Playoffs and Grand Final will occur on July 13.

In addition to live event coverage, ELEAGUE will present four Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition-themed feature shows, each airing at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS, including:
•    An encore of the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational 2017 Celebrity Showdown on Friday, April 13
•    A season preview on Friday, May 25
•    An additional specialty show on Friday, June 29
•    A playoff preview on Friday, July 6

Additional details including players, commentators and live studio audience tickets will be shared in future announcements.

ELEAGUE x Battlefy: Street Fighter V Open Key Dates & Details
The Open will consist of two regular seasons, each spread across five consecutive weekends. The first will begin Saturday, April 21, and the second will start Saturday, May 12. An optional preseason will occur Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, allowing players to become familiar with the game and the Battlefy platform. ELEAGUE will provide a VIP trip to Atlanta for the top two finishers, where they will compete in the Grand Championship Finals from ELEAGUE Arena on Friday, July 13, prior to the Invitational’s Grand Final. Live coverage of the Open’s Grand Championship Finals will be streamed on ELEAGUE’s Twitch channel.

Registration for the Open will begin Saturday, March 31, and remain open throughout the event. Participants may register, as well as find additional details including rules and prizing, on the Open’s official website.

ELEAGUE – formed in partnership between Turner and IMG – is a premium esports content and live tournament brand that has aligned with some of the most popular esports titles in the business through its first two years: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – including having hosted two Major Championships – Overwatch®, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Dota 2, Injustice 2, Rocket League, Formula E and TEKKEN® 7.  With a focus on innovative production capabilities, storytelling and exploring compelling narratives surrounding star teams and players, ELEAGUE has generated record levels of engagement with its content and positive reaction throughout the esports community since its launch in 2016.

About Capcom
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices.  Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games including ground-breaking franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Monster Hunter™, Ace Attorney®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan.  More information about Capcom and its products can be found at www.capcom.com or www.capcom-unity.com.

Capcom, the Capcom logo, Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, Mega Man, Monster Hunter and Resident Evil are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd., in the U.S. or other countries. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

About Battlefy
Battlefy is trusted globally by brands, game developers, organizers, and competitors, to create, scale, and market esports competitions. Brands partner with Battlefy to credibly connect with the esports ecosystem by creating custom-branded competitive experiences and sponsoring community tournaments. For game developers, Battlefy supercharges their esports initiatives and has built a reputation for scalability, stability, and support. The platform is the easiest way for gaming fans to start, manage, and find esports competitions for the biggest esports titles in the world. For more information about Battlefy and its services, visit battlefy.com.