So, WePlay has revealed a number of additional details surrounding their inaugural Ultimate Fighting League, and it has certainly made the entire league far more appealing. It turns out the league will consist of three different games, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7, and SOULCALIBUR VI.
However, with several games to offer, this promises to be a massive tournament, so what can we expect? Well, we don’t yet have all of the details as more will be revealed over the next couple of weeks, but we do have a better understanding of the structure and how the tournament will evolve.
A Short League Season but Big Prizes
The league is due to run between March 25 and April 11, so that’s not long for the league to cram in a lot of action especially when you consider you have effectively three different competitions running together. Also, the prize fund has been set at $150,000 which is also split evenly across the three competitions.
Now, that prize pool may not be as big as some competitions, but for a first season it is kind of impressive.
The competition has also been backed by the famous Ukrainian boxer, Oleksandr Usyk, and that should bring some additional interest. Considering this is a fighting league, then being tied in with a boxer makes a whole lot of sense, especially one who is as high profile as Usyk.
Now, as it involves three competitions, it’s important to point out they aren’t running at the same time. Instead, the Mortal Kombat 11 competition runs from March 25 through to March 28 then there’s a break for the SOULCALIBUR VI tournament. That league is going to run from April 1 to April 4 before another short break for the Tekken 7 league from April 8 to April 11.
Also, the tournament is going to take place in Kiev with WePlay stating they will have various health restrictions in place to make sure the tournament goes off without any hitches.
Building on 2020 Success
This league is not the first time that WePlay has sought to run a competition of this type. In 2020, they ran the WePlay Dragon Temple competition in Kiev, and it was a huge success. That competition was an invitational focusing on Mortal Kombat 11, and even though there were various restrictions in place due to the pandemic, it showed enough promise for this 2021 version to then take place.
This is going to mean the players are effectively in a bubble, and it also does explain cramming each tournament into such a short timeframe.
The fighting community has been searching for a league of this kind for some time. These types of games have been left behind compared to other eSports, so it is hoped that other leagues organized by various companies could take place.
We still have to wait to see who is going to be competing, but it is certainly lining up to be an interesting couple of weeks. Keep checking in over the course of the next month for additional information.