NEW YORK/TORONTO - The National Hockey League today announced that the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final will return to HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 18. The globally recognized gaming destination located at Luxor Las Vegas - an iconic property owned by MGM Resorts, the Official Resort destination of the NHL® - played host to the inaugural NHL Gaming World Championship™ in 2018.
HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas is the Strip's first dedicated esports arena and the flagship venue of Allied Esports' global property network. The state-of-the-art arena and production facility has hosted a wide variety of top-tier esports entertainment events since its opening in 2018, and its lineup of weekly tournaments has become the center of Las Vegas' growing esports scene.
"Our inaugural NHL Gaming World Championship Final, including the venue accommodations at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, exceeded all expectations," said Chris Golier, NHL Vice President of Business Development. "The arena's focus on esports makes it a perfect venue to host our championship. We're thrilled to be returning to this best-in-class facility and working with our host partners at MGM Resorts as we take Year Two of the NHL Gaming World Championship to the next level."
The 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final - featuring a bracket of the winners from each region (three total), with one final spot determined through a special play-in round-robin of the runner-up from each region - will pit the world's top players against one another. The entire semifinal main bracket is best-of-three, with the winners advancing to the final to determine the 2019 NHL Gaming World Champion - who will take home $50,000, raise the Championship Trophy and be featured in the broadcast of the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone.
Building off last year's success, the World Final will once again be streamed live on the NHL's Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/nhl. Prior to the World Final, fans and gamers can tune in to The GWC Lobby presented by Honda with Amanda Soucy and TacTix to learn more about the competitors, review their roads to the final and check in with the players as they fine-tune their HUT teams before puck drop.
CANADIAN LIVE REGIONAL FINAL
The Canadian Live Regional Final will take place this Saturday, May 25, at Sportsnet's studios in Toronto, Canada, beginning with The GWC Lobby presented by MGM Resorts International at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by the main draw at 2 p.m. ET. New this year, fans will get to watch all of the regional action live on Twitch with extensive community activation, including giveaways and promotions. Fans can follow tournament play by visiting NHL.com/Gaming and using the social hashtag #NHLGWC.
Three 2018 GWC Canadian finalists - Jérémie Dubé, Matthew Grenier and Harley Sitko - will return for another chance to qualify for the World Final, while GWC newcomers Karl Caslib, Joshua D'Eri, Jérémy Dubé, Sean Jackson and Ryan Vince will play for a first opportunity to represent their country.
Thursday, May 30 - United States Live Regional Final (Stamford, U.S.)
The GWC Lobby presented by Great Clips: 1:30 p.m. ET
U.S. Live Regional Final: 2 p.m. ET
Wednesday, June 5 - NHL GWC Final Draft
Tuesday, June 18 - 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final
The GWC Lobby presented by Honda: 11:30 a.m. PT
World Final: 12 p.m. PT