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Sharks To Host Second Annual Sharks Pacific Cup Presented by WD_BLACK

EA Sports NHL 22 Gaming Tournament to Begin in February with $30,000 Prize Pool Awarded to Winning Teams

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks /

SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today details for the second annual Sharks Pacific Cup Presented By WD_BLACK, an EA Sports NHL 22 esports hockey tournament. In conjunction with, an online hosting hockey community, and Western Digital (@wd_black), the tournament is scheduled to begin in February and culminate in April. Teams of six players will compete for cash prizes totaling $30,000, the most prize money ever awarded for a 6v6 tournament in EA Sports NHL history. For more information and to register, check out the official tournament website at (#SharksPacificCup).  

"The San Jose Sharks are thrilled to, once again, partner with Western Digital, EA Sports, and to host the second annual Sharks Pacific Cup presented by WD_BLACK," said Doug Bentz, vice president of marketing for the San Jose Sharks. "By all measures, last year's inaugural tournament was a great success with more than 110 teams participating. With the amazing support of our partners and another impressive sum of prize money being awarded to the winning teams, we'll look to build on the success of this tournament and to further our organization's investment and commitment to e-sports and gaming."

Tournament registration is now open and will continue throughout the month. Gameplay will commence in February and run through April. The top 32 teams will make the playoffs and compete in five rounds (Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Semi-finals, Finals) to determine a winner. The winning team will take home $26,000 with the second-place team earning $4,000.  

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"Western Digital is excited to be teaming up with the San Jose Sharks for the second year in a row," said Brian Pridgeon, Director, Product Marketing at Western Digital. "We are passionate about gaming, and our WD_BLACK brand of high-performance gaming solutions, like our renowned WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD, are built with today's gamers in mind. We're thrilled that we can help bring the Sharks Pacific Cup to life for the growing gaming community."

Eligible participants include gamers using Xbox Series X|S consoles with experienced/highly competitive gaming status and who reside in the United States and Canada. Legal participation requires team owners to be 18-years or older to fulfill prize requirements. Gamers under the age of 18 may participate in the tournament with parental consent. All participants must agree to be bound by the Official Rules of the tournament.

Additionally, fans are encouraged to watch tournament play on the San Jose Sharks Twitch platform at Tournament play will be broadcast on a weekly basis with prizes being awarded to fans who tune in.  

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