May 25, 2017 Last Updated 3:32 PM, May 24, 2017

Battle of Bucharest: Mount and Blade’s First eSports Event Announced

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The live finals will match up the best European Mount & Blade players in Bucharest on May 20 to compete for a prize pool of $10,000. The event is organized by the Lithuanian Esports Federation with the support of TaleWorlds Entertainment and hosted at the PGL Studio in Bucharest, Romania.

The Lithuanian Esports Federation (LEF) and TaleWorlds Entertainment are very excited to announce the Battle of Bucharest, the first international live Mount & Blade esports tournament. This event will match up players from the European Union in two categories (5 vs 5 and 1 vs 1) in a series of online qualifying rounds from May 12 to May 14. Those victorious will pass to the finals, a thrilling live event that will be celebrated in Bucharest on May 20 at the PGL Studio, with a prize pool of $10,000.

The registration process for the Battle of Bucharest starts now, on the official event website (http://battle.lef.lt) and will be open until May 9. Players must be 16+ years old and carry a passport issued by an EU member country in order to participate, as well as be able to travel to Bucharest for the finals (travel and accommodation costs covered by LEF).

Both the qualifying rounds and the finals will be played in Mount & Blade: Warband; you can check the rules of the competition here on the event’s website. Four teams of 5 players and four individual duelists will make it through to the live finals. Prizes in the 5 vs 5 category will be $5,000 for the winning team, $2,500 for second place and $750 for third place (per team). In the duels, the prizes will be $1,000 for the winner, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

Details on how and when to watch the qualifying rounds and finals will be announced very soon.

Battle of Bucharest is a competition organized by the Lithuanian Esports Federation with the support of TaleWorlds Entertainment (developers of the Mount & Blade series) and PGL, sponsored by Intel and G-Core Labs. Sergei Klimov, Managing Director of the LEF, stated: “Battle of Bucharest is a stepping stone for Mount & Blade esports events. We plan to develop this format to include other regions in the future, increase the prize pool and of course jump to Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord (the new game in the series) when it’s released”. Ali Erkin, Managing Director of TaleWorlds Entertainment, said: “[TaleWorlds] has been looking for great ways to engage with our active community at a live event, and this cooperation presents a fantastic opportunity. We are looking forward to meeting the players in Bucharest – one of the top esports hubs in the world”.

ABOUT MOUNT & BLADE

Mount & Blade is a medieval action RPG series developed by TaleWorlds Entertainment, a massive commercial success with over 7 million copies sold to date. The game is listed as one of the best PC games of all time by the prestigious PC Gamer magazine and boasts a 97% (“overwhelmingly positive”) user rating on Steam. Its blend of action, role-playing and sandbox gameplay, coupled with its award-winning multiplayer, keeps millions of players around the world hooked year after year. The next installment in the franchise, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, is currently in development.

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