The European Development Championship is back!
GAM3RS_X and Eden Esports are teaming up again to organize two more seasons of the European Development Championship, with a total prize pool of $90,000. As part of the prize, the top teams will receive a bootcamp in Malta.
At the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023, GAM3RS_X, together with Eden Esports, will organize two more seasons of the European Development Championship, opening up the field of competition to dozens of teams currently based in Europe. The EDC firmly made its mark on the esports map of Europe in 2021. Over the course of eight months, five seasons of the tournament were organized, putting more than $150,000 in the hands of participants. Teams such as ENCE, Copenhagen Flames and Entropiq took part in the competition, and just a few weeks later showed their best performances at the CS:GO World Championships in Stockholm.
The prize pool for the upcoming event has been raised to $45,000 per season. As before, the European Development Championship will be divided into four stages: open qualification, play-in phase, group stage and playoffs. Each of these, with the exception of the open qualifying tournaments, will see sixteen teams, including teams invited by the organizers.
The sixth season of the EDC will take place from October 22 to November 21, while the seventh edition is scheduled for January/February 2023. All matches in the European Development Championship will be streamed on Twitch on the Eden Esports channel. The distribution of slots in the next two seasons is as follows:
- Open Qualifiers (22–23.10.22 – link to the sign ups https://bit.ly/EDC_SEASON6) – four teams participating in the Open Qualifiers will advance to the Play-In
- Play-in (27.10–4.11.22) – 16 teams, including 12 invited by the organizers; four teams advance to the group phase
- Group phase (6–13.11.22) – 4 teams selected in the Play-In phase and 12 invited by the organizers; eight teams advance to the play-offs
- Play-offs (15–21.11.22) – 16 teams, including eight advancing from the group phase and an additional eight invited by the organizers.
The top two teams of each season will receive an invitation to a bootcamp. The camp can help them develop their team and individual skills in a country that recently hosted tournaments such as the ESL Pro League and World Championship qualifiers. The distribution of the prize pool is as follows:
- 1st place – $20,000 + bootcamp in Malta
- 2nd place – $10,000 + bootcamp in Malta
- 3-4th place – $5,000
- 5th-8th place – $1,250
The organizers of the European Development Championship are GAM3RS_X and Eden Esports, who have extensive experience in organizing esports events and esports tournaments. GAM3RS_X’s experience includes working with partners such as BLAST, Starladder and PGL, and has produced thousands of hours of esports broadcasts of CS:GO and other games. Eden host online and offline international esports events such as SuperNova, Champions Cup, EDC, the Malta Vibes series and recently became Foundational Partner of the Champion of Champions Tour series. Eden Esports aims to make Malta one of the hubs of esports by organizing events, live broadcasts and bringing industry companies to the island.
GamingMalta, Hellcase and GRID have become partners for the two new seasons of the European Development Championship.
GamingMalta is an independent non-profit foundation set up by the Government of Malta and the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). Tasked with the remit of promoting Malta as a center of excellence in the digital and remote gaming sector globally, it is also responsible for liaising with the local relevant authorities to improve Malta’s attractiveness as a jurisdiction and enhance the ecosystem surrounding the gaming industry.
Hellcase is a very popular site for opening CS:GO cases. The platform launched in 2016 and has a good reputation and huge popularity among CS fans, having millions of visits every month. In addition to traditional openings, users can participate in Case Battles, enjoy numerous time-limited events and many more.
GRID is a technology-as-a-service platform specializing in esports data solutions designed to unlock the potential of official data assets for leagues, teams, and brands. GRID aims to consolidate esports data and enrich feeds through the processing layer of its platform, i.e., to carry out predictive modeling or contextualization in different phases of a match, to ultimately satisfy different data-driven purposes from fan experiences to coaching/talent-scouting.