Mortal Kombat X $100,000 ESL Tournaments Announced Alongside New Pro League [VIDEO]

By Steve Buja , Updated Mar 30, 2015 01:15 PM EDT
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Fighters, prepare yourselves. With the pending release of Mortal Kombat X in a few weeks, it was inevitable that the burgeoning eSports league would arrive as well. Warner Bros and NetherRealm have announced a new partnership with ESL (The Electronic Sports League) to bring players around the world some of the best in tournament competition. A true Mortal Kombat.

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The Who's Next? Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments starting soon which will take the best players from North America and Europe "to compete for bragging rights and the chance to secure winnings from a prize pool that starts at $100,000." Do we officially have any 'best' players for a game that has not even come out yet?

The event begins on April 11 with the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, the inaugural major competition taking place live at the studio's Burbank offices. You can pick up tickets here, or just tune in live via Twitch.

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But the real fireworks begin on April 19 when the Mortal Kombat X ESL Pro League Tournament opens to Xbox One players from across North America and Europe. Through weekly competitions that offer cash prizes, players can earn their spot as one of the 16 players sent to the grand finals to be held July 11 in Los Angeles.

Sorry, PS4 players.

"NetherRealm Studios is a huge supporter of the pro fighting game scene and to be able to work with ESL on the Pro League Tournament allows us to take the Mortal Kombat X competition beyond what we've ever done before," said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios and co-creator of Mortal Kombat. "We've seen some incredible match-ups in the past and we can't wait to see what this next level of competition brings."

For more info, head to the official ESL site.

To mark the occasion, the studios have released a wonderfully over the top live action trailer for the Who's Next tournament which features fighting, rioting, hot girls and people getting caught up in a mob mentality. Because when someone yells 'Fight!', don't you want to know what's happening? It's pretty fun, and very, very silly.

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