The Road to OC5: Esports Action Intensifies During the Run-Up to the VR League Finals

Oculus Blog
Posted by Oculus VR
August 2, 2018

It’s been a little over two months since we kicked off VR League Season 2* with ESL, and the temperature’s on the rise. From the first-ever Onward invitational to July’s Echo Arena Invitational and beyond, we’ve seen a number of fierce competitors take the world’s stage to help redefine the future of esports as an immersive, full-body spectacle. And today, we’re excited to announce that the best of the best will compete for a total cash prize pool of $120K USD during the VR League Finals at Oculus Connect 5, September 26 – 27 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center!

Live coverage will begin at 11:30 am PT both days of OC5 on VR League’s Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube channels, so fans can catch all the VR esports action from home. Day One will include Onward and The Unspoken, while Day Two will feature Echo Arena and Sprint Vector.

Onward: A 5v5 Tactical Mil-Sim Shooter

Working in tandem with the VR Master League, VR League has showcased several Onward matches from some of the best teams worldwide, and we’re proud to bring the top four to the main stage at OC5.

Globochem secured an invite after their dominant performance at the Onward Invitational, and two more slots are up for grabs via the VR Master League open qualifier beginning August 11. Even better, there’s still time to form your own team and compete for your chance to win.

The fourth and final slot will be awarded on September 2 at the Onward Last Chance Qualifier, hosted live at ESL Studios in Leicester, UK. Four teams from the VR Master League will be invited to compete live on LAN. The winner of this double-elimination tournament will travel to San Jose, where they’ll battle it out for their share of the prize pool.

Click here for more information and details on how to enter—and be sure to tune into the Onward Last Chance Qualifier September 1 – 2.

The Unspoken: A PvP Urban Magic Fight Club

After a spellbinding online season, the top four The Unspoken players from Europe and North America have already earned their place in the World Finals Qualifier. An additional four slots remain, and hopeful competitors can earn their place in the Last Chance Qualifier on August 14. The World Finals Qualifier will follow on August 18, determining the top two players from each region, who will advance to the grand finals at OC5.

For more information and to learn how you can throw your mage’s hat in the ring, click here.

Echo Arena: Two Teams, One Disc, Zero Gravity

Following their impressive performance in Season 1, Team secured yet another event win during July’s Echo Arena Invitational. The OC4 and Season 1 champions once again dominated the competition with only the Europe’s team BLAST able to scratch a few games off of them in the grand finals.

We’ll lock in our final Echo Arena contenders for OC5 this month, beginning with the Stage 3 Finals on August 12, where the two top teams from North America and Europe will receive an invite to the World Finals Qualifier alongside the winners from Stage 1 and 2 earlier in the season.

Any and all remaining eligible players are welcome to compete in the Last Chance Qualifier August 14 – 15. The top two teams from both Europe and North America will then advance to the World Finals Qualifier. Click here to learn more or to sign up to compete.

The final top two Echo Arena teams from both North America and Europe will be decided at the World Finals Qualifier August 18 – 19. Those four teams will go on to meet at OC5 on September 27 for the season finale, with the championship title up for grabs.

All three events will be streamed by VR League, so mark your calendars and tune in LIVE on Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube.

Sprint Vector: Gliding to Parkour Glory

This unique and highly physical racing game from Survios was one of the most highly anticipated titles of VR League Season 2, and we’re excited to see the best Sprint Vector athletes from around the globe at OC5.

After eight high-octane races during the World Finals Qualifier onAugust 17, the top eight players (determined by points) will go on to take the stage in San Jose.

Click here to learn more or sign up to compete.

Esports Envy

Powered by ESL, Intel, and Oculus, the VR League represents the next step in the evolution of VR esports. It’s been amazing to watch the community continue to grow and take on a life of its own, and we can’t wait to celebrate another successful season at OC5.

“This is sure to be VR’s most exciting event of the year,” says Oculus Head of Esports Christopher K. McKelvy—and we couldn’t agree more.

Be sure to follow VR League on Twitter and Facebook for updates, highlights, and more on the road to OC5!

— The Oculus Team

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited by law. VR League is open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C., Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom, 13+. For full VR League details and terms, click here. For full details and terms on Onward, click here. For full details and terms on The Unspoken, click here. For full details and terms on Echo Arena, click here. For full details and terms on Sprint Vector, click here. Sponsors: Oculus VR, LLC and Intel Corporation.