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Lightning to host 4th annual 'Bolts Chel Challenge' NHL 22 tournament

This year's event features a $6,000 prize for 1st place; Finals will take place live at Full Sail University on February 12

by Press Release @TBLightning /

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning will be hosting the "2022 Bolts Chel Challenge" with qualifying matches kicking off on January 8th, 2022. The final four participants will face off in front of a live audience at The Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida on February 12th, 2022 with 1st place taking home $6,000.

Participants will compete in NHL 22 on Xbox Series S|X (US and Canada) and Playstation 4 (Sweden and Finland) in a 1-on-1 format with the online qualifying being a double elimination bracket moderated by official tournament organizer, League Gaming. 

There will be four qualifying tournaments for North American players taking place on the following dates: January 8-9, January 15-16, January 22-23 and January 29-30, and an online North American semi-final on February 3 to get the final two players from the North American Region. Sweden and Finland will have one tournament that will take place January 15-16 to get two finalists from the European Region. The final four participants will go to The Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress for a final showdown on February 12 with the action streamed LIVE on The Finals Event will feature live best-of-three matches. 

The stream commentary will come from Rare Drop, the Official Content Partners of Bolts Gaming. 

 Bolts Chel Challenge North American registrations open on December 29, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST. Players can register by visiting Participants must be 16 years of age or older and from a qualifying country to be eligible. Sweden and Finland registrations will open at a later date in early January. Due to the unknown future effects of the COVID-19 global health crisis and any related impacts, the Lightning will continue to monitor all factors and reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify the timing and/or format of the Finals Event, including but not limited to postponing the Finals Event or holding the Finals Event in a virtual format.  

Fans are encouraged to follow the action and join the Bolts Gaming community via Twitter ( 

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