The production companies behind last year's Ender's Game film are launching a new kind of movie tie-in this week: a $20,000 StarCraft 2 tournament featuring 32 of the top players in the U.S., the companies announced today.
Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment are partnering with Major League Gaming and Twitch for the competition, which is known as the "Ender's Game on Blu-ray Tournament." Two qualifying rounds featuring 16 players each will take place over the next two weeks: The first will run from Feb. 5-9 on Twitch, and the second will run from Feb. 11-16 on MLG.TV.
Twitch is reaching out to "key StarCraft communities," according to a press release, in order to find top talent for the Twitch round of the tournament. MLG will invite 12 players in the 16-person field for its round, while fans can vote from Feb. 3-5 on the other four participants at the GameOn website.
The top qualifiers will receive cash prizes and move on to the championship round, which will take place Feb. 22 and be broadcast on Twitch. The winner will take home the grand prize: $10,000.
Update: MLG announced today that it is inviting the following 12 StarCraft 2 players to its round: Scarlett, InControl, Kane, State, desRow, Major, Nony, Hendralisk, Vibe, Masa, Hitman and Avilo.
Update 2: Twitch announced the 16 players it is inviting to its round: Chris "HuK" Loranger, Paulo "CatZ" Vizcarra, Choi "Polt" Seong Hun, Kim "violet" Dong Hwan, Gage "Sasquatch" DuBose, Chad "Minigun" Jones, Brandon "puck" Qual, Alex "Neeb" Sunderhaft, Conan "Suppy" Liu, Bailey "Bails" Thomas, Max "Astrea" Angel, Kevin "qxc" Riley, Chris "Illusion" Lee, Zifeng "hellokitty" Wang, Libo "xenocider" Chang and Steven "Destiny" Bonnell.