Imperial Esports: Competitive Tournament Circuits for the Amateur/Semi-Pro Scene
The biggest issue facing amateur/semi-professional teams is lack of exposure. Imperial Esports helps to provide exposure to these relatively unknown teams through live, shout-casted streams on the Paleo Gaming twitch.tv page found here. Imperial Esports has established a reputation for providing an LCS-style tournament circuit which helps prepare teams for the rigors of the professional scene by pitting them against the majority of the highest skill level teams in the amateur/semi-professional scene. In addition, these events help teams to build important networking skills, opportunities to connect with other personalities and players within the industry, and provide a circuit style tournament that showcases their performance over an entire season (or multiple seasons as Imperial has high retention rates for returning teams). Creating events like this helps teams to participate in quality material for their fans to watch, and often helps teams to acquire new fans to expand their existing fan base. In addition, the Imperial Esports League has a relatively low cost of entry, and a competitive prize pool which is guaranteed- as opposed to sliding scale prize pools based upon how many teams sign up which many tournaments in the amateur scene utilize. Since the creation of Imperial Esports, a total of more than $7,000 has been paid out to teams across previous seasons!
How can Imperial Esports provide these opportunities? It starts with reputation. Imperial Esports, which started hosting tournaments in Q1 of 2016 quickly rose to become one of the most respected names in competitive League of Legends at the amateur level. In June of 2016, Imperial Esports was purchased by Paleo Gaming, bringing financial stability to the event, and the reputation of another well-respected and large organization within the amateur/semi-professional scene. Together, Imperial Esports and Paleo Gaming have further reinforced the competitive integrity of the league, further clarified and refined the League rules, and made Imperial Esports one of the most widely recognized amateur League of Legends tournament providers.
In June of 2019, Riot announced plans to incorporate semi-professional tournaments into the Scouting Grounds qualifier tournament, giving semi-professional teams a clear path to get in front of LCS teams scouts, coaches, and analysts. With this unprecedented opportunity, Paleo Gaming joined together with four other major tournament providers (Upsurge, Player One, Dark Star Gaming and FACEIT, the last of which provided the actual platform for this innovative tournament circuit) as official Riot-Sanctioned tournament providers. The details of this exciting development can be found in FACEIT’s official blog post here.
If you are interest in competing in Imperial Esports tournaments presented by Paleo Gaming, you can sign up through FACEIT on our organizer page, found here.
Important Dates for the Imperial Esports League:
July 18, 2019- Last day to sign up for the First Round Imperial Esports Pro League Open Qualifier Tournament
July 25, 2019- Last day to sign up for the Second Round Imperial Esports Pro League Open Qualifier Tournament
August 2, 2019- The Imperial Esports Pro League Tournament Begins! The Prize Pool is $3,000 USD.
The comprehensive rule book for the Imperial Esports Leagues can be found here. This comprehensive rule book has been updated to include changes in place for the current Season.
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Neither Paleo Gaming nor Imperial Esports are in any way affiliated with Riot Games. Inc. outside of being a recognized tournament provider for League of Legends