ESL One Hamburg: The next stop for Echo Arena in the VR Challenger League

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The VR Challenger League is now fully underway with the first stop at Oculus Connect 4 now complete. Congratulations are in order for team who secured the victory in the first offline Echo Arena tournament at Oculus Connect 4 in San Jose on October 12th, who will be one of the top seeds among the final challengers at IEM Katowice on March 2-4 next year.

Now that the North American victors are locked in, Europe's best Echo Arena teams descend on ESL One Hamburg at the Barclaycard Arena on October 28 & 29th.

ICYMI: Here's a recap on #VRChallengerLeague - Echo Arena live at the Oculus Connect!

— VR Challenger League (@VRChallenger) October 13, 2017

Echo Arena is a competitive esport title developed by Ready at Dawn studios for Oculus Rift, where players glide, boost, pull and punch their way through a zero-g virtual arena to take control of the disc and score it in their opponent’s goal. It’s a combination of ultimate frisbee and zero gravity, and Echo Arena clearly stands on its own as an original VR esport. Echo Arena is currently free to add to your library until October 31st!

Week after week, the online competition has been fierce since the VR Challenger League first kicked off in September. Teams have competed to secure as many victories as possible to score points and earn an invite to their next event. ESL One Hamburg is Europe’s stop for Echo Arena in the VR Challenger league, and while four teams have qualified, four more slots remain up for grabs. It’s not too late to qualify, and you can throw your hat in the ring by signing up at

The four teams who have qualified through online competition are: DING!, Jacks, Triversity, and TeamGravity

These teams will be fighting at ESL One Hamburg for qualification to the VR Challenger League Grand Finals, as well as the chance to take home their share of the €22,000 prize pot. If you can’t make it to Hamburg next week, be sure to follow the VR Challenger League on Facebook and Twitter for updates, giveaways and more.

The tournament itself will be streamed on the VR Challenger Facebook and Twitch pages. The schedule is as follows (all times in CEST/UTC+2):

Saturday October 28:
· 5:00 - 5:30 PM - Ro8 Match 1
· 5:40 - 6:10 PM - Ro8 Match 2
· 6:20 - 6:50 PM - Ro8 Match 3
· 7:00 - 7:30 PM - Ro8 Match 4

Sunday October 29:
· 4:40 - 5:10 - Semi-Final Match 1
· 5:20 - 5:50 - Semi-Final Match 2
· 6:00 - 6:30 - 3rd/4th place match
· 6:40 - 7:10 - Grand Final
· 7:00 - 7:30 - Winners Ceremony

If you’re planning on attending ESL One Hamburg, be sure to check out the VR Challenger League booth in the Ballsporthalle. Don’t forget that teams who didn’t qualify online still have a chance to make it to IEM Katowice by qualifying here at ESL One Hamburg, and you yourself can enter and compete - so sign up today at!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sonya Haskins

Sonya Haskins, also known as "Hasko7," is a respected voice and leading journalist in the field of VR esports. She has experience in VR tournaments as a player, attendee, and organizer. Sonya was the first seated player and the first female player to qualify for VR League in Season 1. She founded VR Community Builders LLC, has written 8 books and lives with her family in Northeast Tennessee.