The Vainglory Summer Season is set to kick off today, with a brand new structure, as well as a new presenting partner in the Amazon App Store.
“We’ve been working closely with Amazon since our inaugural Autumn Season Championship, and their passion for and dedication to Vainglory is going to make our Summer season the biggest and best yet,” said Kristian Segerstrale, COO and executive director at Super Evil Megacorp. “Amazon’s support, along with the continued work from our friends at Twitch, will allow us to put on a top-notch season for Vainglory’s community of millions. We’re excited to kick off the Summer Season today in cooperation with the Amazon Appstore.”
The Summer Season will be introducing a new esports structure called "The Evil Eight", a new tier of elite competitions in NA and Europe featuring only the top 8 teams at any given time. These teams will play each weekend in eight-team tournaments earning points for championship standings.
Alongside these will run community-ran Challenger tournaments, with weekly Evil Eight challenger matches. This system will give up and coming teams a shot at making it into the Evil Eight, while providing fans a weekly way to see their favorites duke it out. More details on this system will be announced soon, presumably in the opening broadcast.
“The Twitch community has shown a lot of love for Vainglory, making it the fastest-growing mobile game on our platform,” said Nick Allen, director of esports operations at Twitch. “Touchscreen esports has a lot of potential right now given the ratio of mobile devices to PCs, with Vainglory on track to really blow the doors wide open on this movement. Adding more momentum is the new Evil Eight competitive structure, which will make broadcasts of Vainglory even more engaging for viewers."
The Summer season will cap off with the Summer Season Championship in NA on Sept 2-4, and in the EU Sept 9-11. The season itself will begin today.