ArenaNet and ESL have announced a partnership in the new ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League with over $400,000 at stake over the course of the event. The prize pool will be divided over the next two seasons of competitive gaming.
In addition, the age restriction has been lowered to 16+ and all global players are invited to take part.
ArenaNet has also developed systems within the game’s PvP mode designed to give players a path to pro competition. In August, ArenaNet used the stage at its last WTS Championships in Cologne to announce the introduction of an in-game system called PvP Leagues coming with Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. It’s a system intended to help beginning and up-and-coming players progress their skills, set goals and earn in-game rewards as they fight their way into higher ranked divisions. The system also introduces leaderboards for guild teams as part of a Guild Challenger League, which will become a feeder system into the new Pro League. At the end of each Pro League season, the bottom ranking teams will have to face off against the top teams from the Guild Challenger League in the Challenger Cup, risking possible removal from competition. The top teams per region from the Challenger Cup will then be promoted into the next season of Pro League.
Check out the ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League site to find out more.