Today mobile eSports takes another step forward with the Clash Royale Crown Championship World Finals, taking place at The Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park.
It’s a venue that was built for the London 2012 Olympics. And fittingly, Supercell’s production partner for the World Finals is a company called Done+Dusted, which produced the opening and closing ceremonies for the London Olympics.
The event is the culmination of months of tournament matches that started in August with 27.4 million players from 187 countries. There was a $1 million prize pool earmarked for the Championship, $600,000 of which has been paid out so far.
There will be a six-hour livestream as the World Finals’ 16 players from 10 different countries battle it out to be crowned the best Clash Royaleplayer in the world.
“I like to think we’re channelling some of that Olympic spirit because we are bringing the best players in the world here to compete and find out who is the best,” says Supercell’s eSports man Tim Ebner.
Around 1,500 people are expected to attend the event in person, where they’ll be treated to six hours of high stakes Clash Royale matches featuring the best players in the world.
Supercell is sparing little expense for the event. A large projector screen on the floor, including large televisions around the venue, will show gameplay to the packed stadium to ensure attendees don’t miss a thing.
The game will be streamed in nine different languages to players around the world, with millions expected to tune in.
Supercell’s largest Clash Royale event yet has been the King’s Cup II. It attracted 190,000 concurrent spectators and around six million views within two weeks on YouTube.
“That’s the biggest event we’ve had yet, so hopefully we’ll match and surpass that,” says Ebner.
Viewers won’t just be treated to tournament play. Much like the Olympics did, the event will have its own opening ceremony featuring fire performers, as well as other acts throughout the World Finals. Also aired throughout the event will be player profiles that delve deeper into the real lives of the top players.