The Columbus Blue Jackets invite esports players to compete in the Second Annual CBJ EA Sports NHL 20 Tournament via smash.gg beginning with online qualifying rounds March 14-15. A live finals event will be contested at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, March 18 with $5,000 going to the winner and $2,500 for the second-place finisher. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and reside in the United States or Canada. Registration is free and open now click here.
The Blue Jackets are excited to once again offer esports enthusiasts the opportunity to compete in this tournament," said TJ Ansley, Blue Jackets Director of Digital Media. "The growth in popularity of esports continues at a phenomenal rate and events like this help our club reach fans in a fun and exciting way."
The online qualifiers will consist of a double elimination, best-of-one format. Once whittled down to the final two contestants, the winner of the PS4 bracket and the winner of XBox bracket will travel to Columbus to compete in a single elimination, best-of-five final. The event will be streamed live from Nationwide Arena on twitch.tv/nhlbluejackets complete with analysis from Emmy-nominated esports host Arda Ocal and Columbus' own NHL 20 YouTuber and esports commentator Nasher.
Following the CBJ EA Sports NHL 20 Tournament, the winner will square off against renowned gamer and CBJ fan, Nasher, for a friendly game of "Chel." The next day, both finalists and Nasher will be special guests of the Blue Jackets on March 19 for the matchup against the Washington Capitals.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they visit the Nashville Predators. Puck drop from Bridgestone Arena is set for 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7:30 p.m. All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via FOX Sports GO. The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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