OC5 will take place from 26th – 27th September, 2018.
Gamescom 2018 may still be underway but the virtual reality (VR) industry is already looking ahead towards Oculus Connect 5 (OC5) next month. Taking place at the conference this year is the VR League: Season 2, created by Oculus in collaboration with ESL. Today, eSports organisation Team Gravity have announced they are the top EU qualifiers across three different titles and are now headed for the VR League World Finals.
Established in 2017 as a VR only eSports organisation, Team Gravity has competed across multiple VR League titles such as Echo Arena, Sprint Vector and The Unspoken. Comprised of members – Tim ‘VR Jersey’ McGuinness, Dennis ‘Affenterror’ Ahrweiler, Philipp ‘Viatrex’ Rietdorf and Rick ‘Flushgogo’ Bos, the last major event Team Gravity competed at was the 2017 IEM Katowice, where they placed fourth.
In a statement regarding their success Team Gravity said:
“Having welcomed our new members Flushgogo and Affenterror this season, the team have been working hard to incorporate their strategies and style in to our game plan and have emerged stronger than ever before. Qualifying this year hasn’t been easy – the increased interest in VR eSports means there are more players, and less spots. However, we have had an excellent season and have been racking up wins across multiple competitions and games.
“Whilst some matches were very close, we have consistently prevailed, coming top at World Final qualifiers for all three games we compete in. Flushgogo has truly impressed us, placing first and second respectively in The Unspoken and Sprint Vector, and the rest of the team have mirrored his success in Echo Arena. We are proud to say that going into these finals Team Gravity are the top team in the EU, and we can’t wait to continue this success.
“Right now, we are seeing the start of an industry that will take things to the next level, as it merges the cutting-edge technology and strategy of online gaming with the physical demands of traditional sport. This is the future, and we are more than just a gaming team – our goal is to provide support for players looking to compete in the world of professional VR eSports, and to show the world how truly incredible VR eSports is. We are beyond excited to be attending the finals in San José!”
The VR Challenger League World Finals will be taking place in San José, California at Oculus Connect 5 on September 26th and 27th, where teams from around the world will be competing for their share of the $120,000 prize pool.