Today, Sony and San Diego Studio (SDS) announced that MLB The Show 19 will host an official eSports tournament called the New Year’s Cup. The first of eight qualifiers begin tomorrow, January 11. The tournament’s prize pool is more than $10,000, with additional weekly in-game currency prizes. Here’s a complete breakdown of the New Year’s Cup.
MLB THE SHOW 19 NEW YEAR’S CUP
For the second time ever, MLB The Show will venture into eSports, something competitive players have wanted for several years. The New Year’s Cup will consist of weekly qualifiers, beginning this weekend. Each qualifier is a four-game set, and there are eight qualifiers in total.
Per the official tournament rules, “The top 128 point scorers across all 8 qualifiers will be invited to the Cup Finals. A maximum of 4 games can be played per cup. Players earn 20 points per win (max 80 points per cup or 640 for all cups) and 5 points per loss (max 20 points per cup).”
Each qualifier gives competitors a chance to earn in-game currency (stubs). Below is a breakdown of qualifier prizing.
|1st Place||1,050,000 stubs|
|2nd Place||600,000 stubs|
|3/4th Place||150,000 stubs|
|5-8th Place||67,500 stubs|
|9-16th Place||24,000 stubs|
|17-32nd Place||11,000 stubs|
|33-64th Place||5,000 stubs|
Once the top 128 points leaders are determined, they will compete in an online single-elimination tournament on February 16. The prizes for the finals are as follows:
- 1st Place: $4,000
- 2nd Place: $2,000
- 3rd-4th Place: $1,000
- 5th-8th Place: $500
You can read more about the New Year’s Cup rules and format (and sign up) here.
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