'Vainglory' Cup Series Brings First Ever Mobile MOBA Tournament In ESL's eSports History: Sign Up Now

By Alex Riviello , Updated May 05, 2015 01:16 PM EDT

Vainglory developers Super Evil Megacorp have announced a partnership with ESL to hold the company's first-ever official Vainglory Cup Series.

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The online competition begins May 13 across Europe, with the top two teams competing in the finals on June 14 for a cash prize and NVIDIA SHIELD tablets.

“Vainglory will be the first purely mobile MOBA tournament in ESL history, and we can’t wait to see the matches starting next week, streamed live from our studio in Frankfurt,” said Jens Hilgers, Founder and Chairman of ESL. “We are strong believers in the future eSports on touch devices, and we have chosen Vainglory as the first mobile MOBA as it delivers AAA quality, greatly balanced competitive gameplay, best in class touch controls, and last but not least, is developed by a rockstar team with eSports in their DNA.”

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Vainglory was an instant hit on iOS, and is still unparalleled as a mobile MOBA experience. The controls are incredible, the characters varied and enjoyable, and it was only the fact that it was a device-only game that seemed like it would hold it back from becoming a true eSport, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

“We’re at the very beginning of eSports on touch screens and we’re excited to begin what will be a long journey. As the world’s largest eSports company, ESL is a natural partner for us.” said Kristian Segerstrale, COO and Executive Director at Super Evil Megacorp. “Our community has been asking for more support for competitive play from us and we’re excited that some of our biggest German streamers will be involved together with ESL in delivering our first official eSports event.”

ESL caster Jason Kaplan will cover the tournament alongside well-known Vainglory players DonJon and Blueberryz, the casters of the community-created VaingloryLeague.com site and stream. All matches will be broadcasted live on Twitch on twitch.tv/vainglory.

Want to know more, or interested in signing up for yourself? Hit up the official site here for all the details, and good luck!

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