Elite Prospects Partners With League Gaming for ESHL 6s Spring Cup
Online hockey database Elite Prospects has partnered with League Gaming for the ESHL 6s Spring Cup. Elite Prospects will sponsor Season 13 of the Esports Hockey League, the largest amateur EASHL league in the world.
League Gaming runs numerous EA NHL leagues and competitions for over 47,000 users, usually rostering 4,000 players per season. Created in 2003, League Gaming is known for its “virtual career,” constructed after the professional hockey tier system, wherein players rise through the ranks from the CHL to the NHL. League Gaming created the ESHL, its top-tier EASHL league, in March 2017, netting more than 60 teams and 500 players. Former NHL player and current St. Louis Blues assistant coach Marc Savard is a fan of the ESHL, having played in multiple seasons and worked with League Gaming to sponsor tournaments.
According to League Gaming Director of Operations Brodie McDonald, the partnership with Elite Prospects came about naturally.
“One of the marketing managers for their website has actually played in the league for 10 seasons, so he knew who we are. They’re the kings of stat-tracking,” McDonald said. Elite Prospects has been working with League Gaming to figure out where they might fit into the esports world and utilize their familiarity with LG’s operations. “We kind of had that relationship all that time without even knowing it.”
The newly sponsored tournament features a $2,500 USD prize pool. Season 13 will be free to enter and includes a new format including multiple divisions. Official League Gaming/ESHL commentator Davos will also make weekly broadcast appearances and expand his coverage of the league throughout the season. League Gaming will hold the tournament on Xbox only, a console on which LG has successfully run 35 seasons of various leagues over the course of 11 years.