Ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this year, Intel is hosting an esports tournament featuring Rocket League and Street Fighter V on July 22-24 which will entail a combined prize pool of $500,000 (£385,000). However, data miners have managed to find the official Intel World Open rulebook which details the competition format and prize pools.
For Rocket League, online qualifiers will either be a best-of-three or best-of-five format and will determine the 16 strongest teams before multiple national teams will compete against each other to figure out who will represent each nation and compete in the live qualifiers in Katowice, Poland. Seven places for the main event in Tokyo will be available.
SFV follows a similar route with online qualifiers determining the three strongest players from each pre-selected nation to automatically form teams to compete in Katowice. There at the Live Qualifiers, there will once again be seven places in Tokyo up for grabs.
For both tournaments, the eighth-slot at the tournament will be occupied by the strongest team from Japan. On top of that, the Tokyo finals will offer $75,000 (£58,000) to the winners of both tournaments while the runners-up will take home $40,000 (£31,000), third and fourth will receive $27,500 (£21,100) each and the rest will receive $10,000 (£7,700).
In Rocket League, the country-specific and regional online qualifiers will see only the winners advance to Katowice, apart from Europe which will have three slots with the upper and lower bracket regional finalists also qualifying.
The best @RocketLeague players will go head to head for the whole world to see, starting with The Intel World Open leading up to the Tokyo 2020. https://t.co/NeZISHSGDJ #Olympics pic.twitter.com/V8k937L3Hn
— Intel Gaming (@IntelGaming) September 12, 2019
In the case that two teams from one European country/territory would qualify, only the best of them will advance and the last slot will be awarded to the next best team from a different country. The qualifiers are scheduled as follows:
- Japan: May 2-3
- Africa, Asia Mainland, Middle-East, and Latin America: May 9-10
- Australia, Brazil, China, Asia Maritime & Oceania: May 16-17
- Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, and Europe: May 23-24
Meanwhile, the SFV online qualifiers will take place over two months before concluding with the Qualifier Finals on the weekend of 16-17 May for every country and region. The schedule for the National/Territorial Qualifiers and Regional Qualifiers are as follows:
- Japan and USA: March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9
- Brazil, China, France, Hong Kong, and the UK: March 21, March 28, April 4, April 18, April 25, May 2
- Korea and Chinese Taipei: March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9
- Dominican Republic, Russia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates: April 4, April 25
- National/Territorial Qualifier Finals will take place on May 16
- Europe 1 and North America: March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10
- Europe 2 and South America: March 29, April 12, April 26, May 10
- Central America, Middle East & Africa, Oceania, Asia: April 5, April 26
- Regional Qualifier Finals will take place on May 17
In summary, there’s going to be a lot of Rocket League and Street Fighter V action even before we get to Tokyo. It will also be a very exclusive honour for those who reach the Main Event, with just eight teams out of all the eligible countries being able to compete.