Survival shooter H1Z1: King of the Kill is hitting the road for a $1 million global tournament. It kicks off July 21 at Dreamhack in Atlanta, Georgia with a solo and a five-player match. A prize pool of $250,000 will be split among the winners.
H1Z1: King of the Kill began life as H1Z1 before splitting into two separate games early last year. Based on the original’s Battle Royale mode, which was designed in part by the same man who created Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, King of the Kill is a zombie-free multiplayer fight to the death. Players enter the map via parachute, scavenge for weapons and armor and then hunt each other down as the map shrinks, pushing them ever closer together. The goal will be to recapture some of the magic of the game’s recent prime time television special, which aired on the CW Network in April.
“The Elite Series shines a spotlight on the skill and passion of our players from around the world,” said Mark Tuttle, developer Daybreak’s director of esports. “There is nothing that can match the scale or intensity of an H1Z1 tournament where everyone is dropped in together, competing amidst the mayhem to be the last one standing, and we are excited to continue to develop this new genre of esports.”
The July event will include members of Obey Alliance, winners of the televised tournament as well as participants from World Best Gaming, Denial Esports and Counter Logic Gaming. The bulk of the players, however, will come from Dreamhack attendees who will have the chance to qualify on-site.
Future events in the H1Z1 Elite Series will take place in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Each will have the same $250,000 prize pool.