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Funspark announces 2021 tournament series with $630,000 prize pool

Funspark has announced that $630,000 in prize money will be up for grabs in its 2021 ULTI circuit, which will run from March through to December. The event series will have regional tournaments in Europe and Asia leading up to the Grand Final, where $300,000 will be on the line.

There will be two seasons in both regions, with each season starting with two tournaments, called ‘Regional Series’, featuring a GSL group stage and a single-elimination bracket. The teams with the most points over the course of the season will qualify for the next stage, a double-elimination tournament called ‘Playoffs’.

Details are still scarce about the Funspark ULTI Grand Final, which will be held on LAN if everything goes according to plan after the 2020 event was postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The best-performing team of the circuit in Asia and the top two teams in Europe will qualify for the Grand Final, which will also include three invited sides and the finalists of the FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final, a $250,000 tournament announced on Saturday.

Below you can find all the dates for the Funspark ULTI 2021 circuit:

Europe:

Regional Series 1 – March 29 – April 11
Regional Series 2 – May 10-23

Playoff 1 – June 14-20

Regional Series 3 – September 13-26
Regional Series 4 – November 1-14

Playoff 2 – November 29 – December 5

Asia:

Regional Series 1 – March 29 – April 11
Regional Series 2 – May 24 – June 6

Playoff 1 – June 21-27

Regional Series 3 – September 27 – October 10
Regional Series 4 – November 15-28

Playoff 2 – December 6-12

Grand Final – December (Dates TBD)

Funspark has also revealed some of the teams that will be taking part in the first Regional Series in both regions. In Europe, all the slots have been filled through invites, but, according to Funspark, there will be open qualifiers for the following tournaments in this region.

Europe

Asia

The $630,000 prize pool will be split between the three stages as follows:

Funspark ULTI Regional Series – $180,000 ($30,000 per tournament in Europe, $15,000 in Asia)
Funspark ULTI Playoff – $150,000 (Distribution TBD)
Funspark ULTI Grand Final – $300,000

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