The Electronic Sports World Cup organizers have added ShootMania to its circuit.
As everyone knows, ShootMania has really picked up in France, with several tournaments already been organized. It appears now as if ESWC will also be adding ShootMania to their circuit.
ESWC is seen as France’s biggest esports tournament and has a long prestigious history, hosting events in titles such as Counter-Strike, WarCraft II and Quake since 2003. In recent years the event has been in a lot of turmoil, with prizes not being paid out and several companies taking over the brand. The most recent take-over was by Oxent, the company who already owned ESWC for several years, but had to file bankruptcy.
Oxent also hosted Cybsum not too long ago, which was the most successful ShootMania tournament to date. Apparently this has impressed the company so much that they have decided to add the game to its circuit. The qualifying stage starts in July and ends in October of this year, with the ESWC Grand Finals taking place during the Paris Games Week on 4 November.
SMES asked Antoine “eMeRiKa” Frankart, Founder of Oxent, more information regarding the ESWC ShootMania qualifiers, but he couldn’t give much information yet. “It depends of game and country. Preliminary trials will be announced soon.” When asked if the qualifiers would be online or offline he said “Both online and offline”, depending per country. There will be sixteen qualifiers in total, with two going to France. Which other countries will have qualifiers is not known yet.
ShootMania will be played in Elite 3v3, and we hope to hear more about qualifiers soon. We will keep you up to date.