The esports scene has exploded in recent years, with some estimates saying it will be a $1.5 billion industry by 2020. Clash Royale developer Supercell has decided to get a piece of the pie by launching the Clash Royale League, an official competitive league for their most popular mobile game.
Update: Clash Royale League 2019 Season
The wait is over, as Supercell has finally announced details about the second season of the Clash Royale League. Like last year, it will feature an in-game Clash Royale League Challenge where players around the world can try to prove that they have what it takes to go pro.
Players who manage to gain 20 wins in the tournament will have a chance to move on to the CRL Online qualifiers. From there, they may get drafted onto a professional squad in their region.
CRL Challenge winners may qualify to compete at the World Cyber Games Festival in China
On top of that, Supercell announced that the CRL Challenge will also be used to select candidates for the Clash Royale tournament at the World Cyber Games Festival in Xi’an, China. The prize pool has not yet been announced, but the WCG is one of the largest esports events worldwide.
The CRL Challenge will run from March 21-26, so start crafting your best Clash Royale decks and polish up your skills in-game!
The beginnings of a mobile esports league
The Clash Royale League isn’t Supercell’s first foray into the world of esports, having hosted several Clash Royale tournaments over the years. The largest prior to the start of the CRL was 2017’s Clash Royale Crown Championship (CRCC) World Finals in London, with more than 27 million players worldwide participating. The grand prize of $150,000 went to Sergio Ramos, a young player from Mexico. At the time, it was the largest prize ever for a mobile gaming tournament.
But Supercell upped the ante for the Clash Royale League, which featured more than $1 million in prizes for players around the globe. Rather than competing individually, players in the CRL have to work together as part of a team. Many of the current pro players (including Sergio Ramos) were already signed to various gaming orgs before the announcement, but all CRL teams must consist of four to six players.
The inaugural season of the Clash Royale League featured more than $1 million in prizes
In order to find more players to fill out the Clash Royale League rosters, Supercell launched the Clash Royale League Challenge mid-March 2018. In it, players had to win 20 matches against the best players in the world, as well as meet some other qualifications like age, maturity, and ability to travel.
More than 6,700 players managed to overcome this challenge, and although not all of them will find a team, they represent a large base from which teams can draft players for the Clash Royale League. There are five regions for the league: China, (the rest of) Asia, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Each region features eight teams, and many of the largest esports organizations in the world have signed on.
In North America, that includes Team Solo Mid, Cloud 9, 100 Thieves, and Counter Logic Gaming among others. In Europe, FNATIC, Team Liquid, SK Gaming, and five others have jumped on board. These two regions kicked off in August 2018, but the two Asian leagues got a head start with an additional Spring season starting in March 2018. The best teams from each region met in Tokyo in December 2018 for the Clash Royale League World Finals, with the Chinese juggernaut Nova Esports taking home the cup.
Clash Royale League format
There was some uncertainty as to how exactly Clash Royale’s arena style gameplay would lend itself to team play, or even if each region would follow the same format. However, the format of the Spring seasons of the two Asian leagues proved to set the stage for all seasons to come. The format for the Clash Royale League is as follows:
Two teams of three face off in three to five sets of games. The first team to take three sets wins. In each set, both sides get to ban a single card.
- Set 1: 1v1 Bo3
- Set 2: 2v2 Bo3, excluding the players from set 1
- Set 3: 1v1 Bo3, excluding the players from set 1
- Set 4: 1v1 Bo3, excluding the players from sets 1 and 3
- Set 5: KOF
KOF is a king of the hill format where two players face off in a Bo1, and the victor stays on to play against the next player of the opposing team. The first team to run out of players loses.
This format keeps the matches from getting stale, and can lead to some pretty exciting games with reverse sweeps and all-kill finales. It proved popular after the Asian Spring seasons, and was later adopted by the North American, Latin American, and European leagues as well.
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