Games Gazette Logo

Daybreak GameS® and Twin Galaxies®
partner to Announce PLAYER-FOCUSED H1Z1® Pro League™

The Industry’s First Battle Royale Professional League Features Guaranteed Minimum Salaries, Revenue Sharing, Player Bill of Rights, and No League Entry Fee

SAN DIEGO – Oct. 12, 2017 – Daybreak Games® has partnered with Twin Galaxies®, whose new Pro League Division will establish the H1Z1 Pro League™ for Daybreak’s fast-paced, last-man-standing game, H1Z1®. The goal of the league is to create a sustainable esports ecosystem in partnership with teams for the benefit of H1Z1 players, viewers, and League partners. Focused on a “player-first” approach, the H1Z1 Pro League will include a guaranteed player minimum salary, team owner and player representation on the governance committee, along with a comprehensive Player Bill of Rights and a well-defined revenue sharing model. The H1Z1 Pro League will launch its inaugural season in early 2018. 

“H1Z1 burst on to the esports scene with its first Battle Royale tournament over two years ago and has continued to serve the community with events like the H1Z1 Invitational, Elites Series at DreamHack and the primetime broadcast of Fight for The Crown on The CW Network. Our goal with the H1Z1 Pro League is to create a world-class experience worthy of our incredibly competitive community,” said Anthony Castoro, H1Z1 General Manager at Daybreak Games. “We chose to partner with Twin Galaxies because they bring a unique and compelling vision for how H1Z1 can reshape the world of professional esports, and they share our core value of putting players first.” 
 
“Twin Galaxies’ Pro League Division’s mission is to create, govern and operate best-in-class esports leagues, tournaments and special events in a true partnership with leading game publishers,” said Stratton Sclavos, Board Member at Twin Galaxies and a Partner at Vision Venture Partners. “Daybreak’s leadership in bringing the Battle Royale format to esports creates a tremendous opportunity to elevate this amazing category into the next true professional esport ecosystem. As the Managing General Partner of the San Jose Sharks professional hockey team from 2011-2015, I’m well aware of the benefits of raising the profile of the players, establishing economic incentives for all constituents and delighting the fan base with compelling content. H1Z1 Pro League will be maniacally focused on those goals.”
 
The H1Z1 Pro League will be made up of 15 teams that will compete over the course of two 10-week splits, leading to the Championship in late 2018. The H1Z1 Pro League will be overseen by a Governance Committee that will include representatives from Daybreak Games, Twin Galaxies, participating team organizations, and H1Z1 Pro League players. There will be no fees or buy-in costs for teams to take part in the league, and teams will be selected through an application process that will begin this fall.  
 
Teams competing in the Pro League will be announced in early 2018 with the first season starting soon afterwards. Teams that are interested in learning more can attend a private H1Z1 Pro League briefing taking place at TwitchCon 2017 on Friday, Oct. 20 in Long Beach, CA. Contact H1PL@twingalaxies.com to RSVP.
 
For more information on the H1Z1 Pro League, visit: H1PL.com and follow on social Twitter.com/H1Z1ProLeague. Additional information will also be released during Daybreak’s Developer Address on Friday, Oct. 20 at 5 PM PT.

Daybreak Games has also announced the latest details on their H1Z1 Elite Series circuit, coming to DreamHack Sweden (Dec. 1-4). Like DreamHack Atlanta, there will be two H1Z1 tournaments – one for solo players and one for 5-player teams – with a prize pool of $150,000 for the team tournament and $100,000 for the solo competition. The team competition will feature top organizations like Counter Logic Gaming and Luminosity, and the solos will include the top ten finishers from DH Atlanta.

For more info, please check out: https://www.h1z1.com/king-of-the-kill/elite-series

© Chris Baylis 2011-2015