Clash Royale competitions are really starting to take off in China. Building off the momentum from the Official Clash Royale Tournament in Shanghai, the International Gaming League in China has just announced their Summer Competition for Clash Royale (article in China). Tongyi Ice Tea (essentially the Nestea of China) are the title sponsors for the tournament. More information on the competition can be found on IGL’s official website (content in Chinese).
512 player in China will compete in the preliminary round competition on August 11th and 12th. Rather than having everyone compete in the standard tournament format, the 512 players will be split into 32 groups of 16, and compete against each other in a best-of-3 elimination bracket. The winners from each of the 32 groups will then proceed to a qualifiers competition, where they will be split into 8 groups of 4 and compete against all other players in the group for points. The 8 winners will then compete against each other for points, with the Top 4 finally qualifying for the Finals competition. The round of 32 competition will take place from August 13 to 21st.
While there are more and more Clash Royale competitions coming up, the International Gaming League one is worth noting as Clash Royale is only the 3rd game that is being covered by the organization after League of Legends and CS:GO! This speaks boldly about how influential Clash Royale is currently in the China market, and its prospect as an eSport game. The prize pool is also nothing to scoff at, as ~USD6,700 has been committed to the Summer season, and ~$27,000 for the Finals competition (whenever that takes place).
For those of you who are wondering when such a competition will be held here in the West, be sure to check back in next week as we will have a BIG tournament announcement to make!