E3 2017: Intel Bringing VR To eSports’ With The Challenger League

by David Jagneaux • June 12th, 2017

At today’s Intel press conference from E3 2017 Ru Weerasuriya, the Co-Founder and CCO of Ready at Dawn came onstage to talk about the company’s upcoming game, Lone Echo. Up until now its multiplayer, the Echo Arena, was believed to be part of the same release in one package but today we learned it is getting a separate, free release on Rift.

During the presentation Echo Arena’s competitive side was played up significantly and Intel announced what’s being referred to as the VR Challenger League, an Esports competition focused specifically on competitive VR games. Insomniac’s The Unspoken and Ready at Dawn’s Echo Arena are the two games mentioned for the new league competitions. The finals will be held in Poland in 2018 at the Intel Extreme Masters.

Esports were a major part of Intel’s mini-conference today. During the opening a video played in which several competitors said, “Game on!” as a sort of rallying cry. Intel’s host stated that, “We want to bring VR to Esports,” before explaining that the biggest barriers to competitive VR gaming right now are a lack of titles that are “worthy” o gamers and a generally small playerbase.

For more news and announcements from Intel, the PC Gamer show, and this week’s conference, check our E3 news hub. Let us know what you think down in the comments below!

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