Intel, Oculus, and ESL have unveiled a collaboration to launch the VR Challenger League. Announced during an E3 press conference on Monday, the competitive VR gaming series begins in July and features both “The Unspoken” from Insomniac Games and “Echo Arena” from Ready At Dawn Studios.
The newly unveiled VR multiplayer game “Echo Arena” is the latest partnership between Intel and Ready At Dawn Studios and will be a free download for all Oculus Rift owners for three months starting on July 20. Teams of up to five players face off against the each other in a zero gravity robotic clash.
Essentially the space sports game from Ender’s Game, you can use your hands to glide, boost, and punch your way to scoring goals in this virtual arena.
The VR esports competition will take place online and at key events with players from around the world, with the finals taking place at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice, Poland, in 2018. Brackets begin on July 12 for The Unspoken and shortly after the July 20 launch for Echo Arena.
In addition to announcing the VR Challenger League and team-based “Echo Arena,” Intel revealed a VR partnership with Linkin Park. The new VR experience dubbed “Linkin Park Destination” will be powered Spatialand and Intel, allowing the band to engage with fans via a curated experience in VR. From the studio to on tour, the VR experience will be available in July.
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