Tranmere Rovers to hold esports tournament

Tranmere Rovers has launched a ‘Path to Pro’ Esports competition with a professional Esports contract as the prize at stake.

The free-to-enter competition will see EAFC24 players go against each other in a series of online tournaments, with the winners progressing to a grand final event, to be held in person at Prenton Park – home of Tranmere Rovers.  

The qualifying tournaments will be held online on 1 and 8 June, with an online semi-final on 15 June.  The grand finals will be held on 22 June at Prenton Park. 

Eight finalists from the online qualifiers will compete in a series of EAFC24 challenges at the LAN event – including playing against up-and-coming Liverpool FC star, Jayden Danns – with the overall winner of this tournament receiving a professional contract to compete for Tranmere Rovers Esports. 

In addition to playing EAFC24 professionally for the Club, the winner will also attend Tranmere’s home matches for matchday fan engagement activities, and work with the Club’s Esports BTEC students. 

Nicola Palios, Vice Chairman of Tranmere Rovers and Director of Merseyside Esports Limited, the Club’s esports joint venture company, said, “We wanted to raise the profile of what we as a Club are doing in the field of esports, and to take our first steps into professional competition. 

“So many young people dream of playing esports professionally, but few get a chance to do it, so by paying the winner a salary to play professionally, it opens the opportunity to people who might otherwise not get a chance to break through. 

“As a football club, the obvious first step was to start with EAFC24, but in the future we would like to expand into other titles.  I would like to thank the College of Esports, who are partnering with us, for helping us to bring this idea to life.” 

The College of Esports, the world’s leading university-level institution dedicated to the business of esports and gaming, have been working closely with the Tranmere Rovers to bring this event into fruition, and ensure the seamless transition for the club to venture into competitive esports.

Moreover, this tournament has provided students from the institution the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience and expand their professional network. 

Sign-ups are now open, and players can register for the tournament here: forms.gle/zjQiGwQLzMGvnmrx9

The closing date for applications for the first qualifying tournament is Thursday, 30 May, and the closing date for the second tournament is Thursday, 6 June.  In the event of there being more applicants than places available, the highest ranking players will be selected to participate. Players must be aged 18 or above by 1 September 2024 to participate.   

Further details, and the full tournament ruleset, can be found on the Tranmere Rovers website.  

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