Top League of Legends esports host Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere will be providing commentary at a 1v1 event in London in October.
The Belgian LEC presenter will be commentating at the UK final of Red Bull Player One, a global 1v1 League of Legends tournament taking place at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London on October 4th and 5th.
She will join homegrown British stars Ciernan ‘Excoundrel’ Lowe, and Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett.
The grand final on October 5th will be broadcast live on twitch.tv/RedBull from 2.30pm BST and will see the eight best amateur duelists who made it through the Last Chance Qualifier on October 4th battle it out for a place in the global final in Brazil in November.
Amateur duelists looking to compete in the Red Bull Player One UK Last Chance Qualifier should head to the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London at 3pm BST on Friday October 4th.
The winner of the UK qualifier will go on to compete at the Red Bull Player One global final in Brazil in November (including an all-expenses paid trip there). They will also earn the opportunity to train alongside a leading pro team in a bootcamp ahead of the event.
16 players will make it through to the UK grand final, before being narrowed down to the top eight who will face off to be crowned UK champion.
As well as revealing details of the UK final, Red Bull has also announced the qualifiers and events ahead of the main event.
Road to Player One, beginning on August 31st, is a bi-weekly tournament taking place at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in the lead up to the final. This will feature a leaderboard which will see the top two players automatically qualify for the final day of Red Bull Player One UK on October 5th.
The second in the series, ‘Road to Player One: Up your Game’ will take place on September 14th and see pro League of Legends players sharing their expertise in a workshop.
The UK final will also see two university campus offline qualifiers around the country, with dates and venues to be revealed soon, as well as three online qualifiers taking place on September 18th, 22nd and 27th, which players can sign up for now.
The winners of each qualifier will get an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the final day of the Player One finals at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere, and the runners up in each qualifier will also be invited to compete in the final.
Furthermore, the Red Bull Player One UK last chance qualifier takes place one night before the main event. The qualifier will feature open signups, meaning skilled duellists across the country have the opportunity to take part.
Red Bull Player One is a global tournament with over 25 countries holding regional events across the globe. As opposed to traditional 5v5 League of Legends esports, only one player will take the trophy home from the world finals in São Paulo, Brazil from November 30th to December 1st.
The competition first kicked off in Brazil in 2015 and has had 30,000 participants to date. Last year, the Ireland Red Bull final was won by Daniel “Zoinkers” White, and the overall grand finals were won by Erik “ZiViZ” Lövgren, a Swede who previously played in the UK League of Legends scene.
Intel and ROG are the Official Hardware Partners of Player One UK this year.
Dates and further details for the Red Bull Player One UK Final will continue to be revealed on the Red Bull Player One web page.
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Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.