Dundalk’s Oriel Park has hosted some fierce battles, but with the arrival of Three Ireland’s EStars this Wednesday, March 14th, the town’s stadium will provide the setting for a whole new level of competition.
The night, kicking off at 6.30pm, will see the launch of Three Ireland’s EStars. This brand-new contest is Ireland’s biggest ever esports tournament and showcases the intense action and epic drama of top-level competitive gaming on a scale never seen before in this country.
Ten teams, featuring nine League of Ireland football clubs including Dundalk F.C. and main sponsors Three, will fight it out over eight weeks of gruelling competition. The top four will then face off in the grand final at Dublin’s 3Arena on 13th May for the chance to win €20,000 and a trip to Las Vegas.
Presented by radio stars, south Armagh native Connor Phillips and his fiancée BBC’s Holly Hamilton, with entertainment on the night from the thrilling percussion troupe The Hit Machine Drummers, the opening night of the Three Ireland’s EStars League at Oriel Park is a unique chance to see the world’s fastest growing spectator sport in Dundalk.
A DJ will keep fans entertained while expert gaming “shoutcasters” explain the unfolding action, and soft drinks partner Lucozade, main sponsor Three and new retail partner Peak will be on site to add to the buzz.
Some of the Dundalk F.C. players have already pledged their support for the Dundalk EStars and will be there on the night to cheer on the home team in their opening clash against Bray Wanderers.
Star striker Pat Hoban said: “It’s class to see a very different game come to Oriel. Maybe I’m biased, but I predict a double victory at Oriel this week – Dundalk over Bray in EStars on Wednesday and us against Waterford in the football on Friday. Can I come to Vegas when they win the tournament? Come on the Town.”
Football agent and Managing Director of Three Ireland EStars, Mags Byrne, who hails from Dromintee in south Armagh, said, “We are so excited to be launching our first league night at Oriel Park. We are lucky to have found the best gaming talent from across Ireland to feature in our teams and are confident the Three Ireland’s EStars tournament will have us all gripped until the finals at the 3Arena in May.”
Admission to the first night of the Three Ireland EStars League is free with the action kicking off at 6:30pm sharp at Oriel Park, Dundalk, on Wednesday night. Big Betty, the world´s first mobile esports arena, will lead the convoy into the town from midday on Wednesday.