June 22, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
- Season 1 began on June 10th as a partnered FACEIT competition in the North American Scouting Grounds Circuit for League of Legends
- Highest prize pool of all amateur competitions — $15,000 prize pool and 1,000 FACEIT Qualification Points with an accessible $200 entry fee
- Notable participants such as 100 Thieves NEXT, ANEW Esports, Maryville University, Radiance, SUPERNOVA, Simplicity Esports, and Wildcard Gaming
- Matches streamed live on Twitch every Wednesday at 7:30 PM EDT: https://www.twitch.tv/challengersuprising
PORTLAND, OR — Challengers Uprising, the newest tournament organizer in the North American amateur scene, has officially announced its recent FACEIT partnered tournament in the Scouting Grounds Circuit (SGC). Boasting the largest prize pool in the scene (besides FACEIT’s own competition, LWL) and 1,000 FACEIT Qualification Points, Challengers Uprising creates a new standard for competition at the amateur level. The tournament that starts in June will mark the first step taken towards the organization’s objective of developing a legitimate ladder from amateur to pro in the North American League of Legends competitive scene.
Participating teams run the gamut – ranging from perennial North American amateur scene mainstays like ANEW Esports (2019 SGC Winner), SUPERNOVA (2019 SGC Runners-Up), and Maryville University (two-time College Championship Winners), to more prominent esports organizations like 100 Thieves NEXT (100 Thieves’ development team), Simplicity Esports (management group for Flamengo Esports in Brazilian pro league CBLoL), and Wildcard Gaming.
Taking lead on the groundbreaking project is Chris “Crono” Harris, CEO and Commissioner of Challengers Uprising. He previously served as Director of Esports for ANEW Esports, building a strong overarching esports program with success in multiple titles; under his leadership, the organization won the 2019 SGC for League of Legends and built a world-class female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.
“For years I’ve been running operations on the team side of competitions; even though I enjoyed it a lot, when I stopped to evaluate the ‘next steps’, I realized we had hit a ceiling. There’s a large void in the organizer space between the amateur and professional scene in North America,” said Chris. “There isn’t a clear path to pro, and the lack of resources results in North American talent getting pushed aside due to imports with better development structures.. I want to bridge the divide and disrupt the perception that North America lacks talent by creating a true professional environment to nurture new talent. This season is just the beginning.”
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About Challengers Uprising
Challengers Uprising was created in 2020 by a group of passionate esports & entertainment executives to become the premier developmental tournament operator for League of Legends. The Challengers Uprising platform is centered around empowering and enabling all ambitious gamers — from players and coaches to casters and producers — to ascend to the zenith of esports. With never-before-seen competitive prize pools and experiences, Challengers Uprising seeks to inspire the amateurs of today to become the pros of tomorrow.