Detroit Sports Commission to Provide Additional $5,000 to Motor City Madness Esports Championship Cash Prize
DETROIT – Following an announcement regarding the formulation of the Motor City Madness Esports Championship, the Horizon League and 313 Presents on Thursday announced that the Detroit Sports Commission will provide an additional $5,000 in cash prizes. The top-four finishers in the championship event at Little Caesars Arena on March 1 will now compete for $10,000.
Online tournaments will be played from February 20-25 on the Gamer Saloon tournament platform. During the weekend of February 24-25, 12 tournaments will be played, 11 of which will be on the Xbox One system. The remaining four tournaments will take place from February 20-21 and will be split between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems. Each tournament winner will advance to a live championship event at Little Caesars Arena on March 1, the eve of the 2018 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship (March 2-6). Along with competing for $10,000 in cash prizes, each championship event participant will receive a one-night hotel stay.
“Esports is a rapidly growing segment in our industry and it is a priority of ours,” said Kris Smith, director of the Detroit Sports Commission. “The opportunity to support the Horizon League and 313 Presents helps further our efforts of attracting more esports events to this region.”
Participants for all 16 tournaments will register online with an entry fee of $25. The registration fee also includes a one-day general admission ticket Motor City Madness, valued at $15 for the general public.
Spectator tickets for the championship event will cost just $10 per person, which also includes entry to all four basketball games on Friday, March 2, the opening day of the Horizon League Championship.
Ticket prices for Motor City Madness, which will take place March 2-6, begin at $15 per day and will feature all 20 Horizon League teams competing in 18 games over a five-day span. The tournament will culminate with a pair of championship games on Tuesday, March 6 with automatic berths to the NCAA Basketball Tournament at stake. Tickets purchased for each day are valid for all games on that day.