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The H1Z1 Invitational is this weekend, here's where to watch it

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

H1Z1, the zombie-themed multiplayer survival game, is hosting a massive tournament this weekend to coincide with TwitchCon in San Francisco. Called The H1Z1 Invitational, it will pit some of the biggest names in livestreaming against one another for more than $170,000.

Contestants will include LIRIK, Sodapoppin, summit1g, LegendaryLea and Towelliee as well as a few lucky winners plucked from the ranks of H1Z1's fanbase.

Players will play two last-man standing games of Battle Royale, a deathmatch mode that our review called out as one of the very best parts of the game. Designed by Brendan 'PLAYERUNKNOWN' Greene, Battle Royale is a very similar mode to the one available as a mod for Arma 3.

The invitational will be comprised of two rounds, with the prize pool split evenly between them both. This gives fans of streamers who met an early demise in the first game a reason to stick around.

Polygon talked with Daybreak Games' Adam Clegg, who said his team is working hard to create an amazing video experience for the event. They'll be using a control room of sorts to view multiple video feeds from the game in real time, with the goal of bringing the most compelling moments to the forefront of the broadcast live. Of course, all of the players themselves will be encouraged to stream their games as well.

The games will kick off Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 PT. We'll embed the feed live right here.

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