Brooklyn Beatdown returns to ESL One New York

The Brooklyn Beatdown, a 256-person Street Fighter V tournament, will return to ESL One New York next month, the ESL announced Wednesday.

The second annual Brooklyn Beatdown will run Sep. 16-17 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and boasts a prize pool of $50,000. The tournament will hold online qualifiers for a total of 256 players across five regions: North America, South America, India, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Registration is open through the Brooklyn Beatdown website.

“We’re proud to bring Street Fighter V back to the legendary Barclays Center again this year,” Ulrich Schulze, senior vice president of product at ESL, said in a news release. “The performances and passion of the attendees in 2016 was everything we could have imagined and we are looking forward to witnessing the evolution of the game and its competitors at ESL One New York this September.”

The online qualifiers will be in a best-of-three format, and the offline event will also share the same format until the playoffs. Last year’s Brooklyn Beatdown showcased the talents of international players like Lee “Infiltration” Seon-woo, Daigo Umehara, and Yusuke Momochi, and North American talents like Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, and Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis. The grand final was between Xiao Hai and momochi, with Xiao Hai taking the championship.

The Brooklyn Beatdown will coincide with the Counter-Strike tournament at ESL One New York, an eight-team event that runs simultaneously at the Barclays Center.

Cover photo by Patrick Strack/ESL,

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