eLaLiga has announced the tournaments that will be part of their international project for the 2021/22 season. Thirteen online competitions in countries around the world, under the title “Beat the Best”, and two Challenges in China and the United States, will spearhead a strategy to continue growth of the eLaLiga brand outside of Spain.
Beat the Best and Challenges
The tournaments, which will be held between December 2021 and May 2022, will feature amateur players fighting it out to earn the top spot and earn the chance to play against an influencer from their own country. All the related details are available on http://beatthebest.elaliga.gg.
This format follows the lead of the 20/21 eLaLiga Fan Cup, which attracted 21,000 registered players and generated 3 million impressions on social media, the first step in the internationalization strategy developed by eLaLiga.
“The eLaLiga Fan Cup was the first project to take the good work developed at national level beyond our borders. Although we had to make changes to the project due to the pandemic, we were able to complete the tournaments in all proposed countries and lay the foundations of our international strategy, which will this year continue with two very ambitious projects: ‘Beat the Best’ and ‘Challenges’ in China and the United States,” said Alfredo Bermejo, director of Digital Strategy at LaLiga.
In addition to these tournaments, which will be played online, this season will see the addition of two face-to-face events in China and the United States, taking place on the weekend of March 19th-20th in China and three months later, on June 20th, in the United States.
These events will feature some of the best amateur players, celebrities, and influencers from both countries, facing off in an exhibition tournament that seeks to take the international brand of eLaLiga to a new level.
Other brands join eLaLiga
As in other seasons, more and more brands understand the potential of esports and in this edition, Banco Santander and Galaxy Racer will be the official sponsors of the “Beat the Best” competition.
Prior to the start of the international tournaments, eLaLiga will also take part in the FIFA Arena Festival on December 3rd, an exhibition tournament in Shanghai (China) in which eight teams will represent eLaLiga Santander, ePremier League, Virtual Bundesliga and eLigue 1, also presenting the new FIFA Online game mode.
The event will act as a starting point for the international eLaLiga season, which has already taken its first steps inside Spain.
eLaLiga Santander, consolidated with its fifth season in Spain
The fifth regular season of eLaLiga Santander will begin in Spain next January, heralding the start of three months of full emotion.
At the beginning of the season, the clubs will be divided into two groups meeting weekly to compete in person. The final ranking of the regular season will be determined by the 180 two-legged matches between LaLiga Santander clubs. In April, and following a break for the eLaLiga Santander Cup, the regular season will resume until May. The 16 best-ranked clubs, eight from each group, will then compete in the Grand Final of eLaLiga Santander 2021/22, after which one club will be named season champion. A prize pool of €250,000 will be shared among the 32 top finishers, with the champion taking home €60,000.