Valve has announced that, in preparation for the company’s first new game release in some time, it will be holding a 128-person Artifact tournament with a prize pool of $10,000 next week.
“On November 10-11, the Artifact Preview Tournament will feature 128 players competing over a prize pool of USD $10,000,” Valve wrote in a press release. “Hosted by Beyond The Summit and broadcast on SteamTV, the all-draft event will feature a 7-round Swiss bracket on Saturday. A top 8 single-elimination bracket will decide the winner on Sunday. Both days begin at 9:00 a.m. PST.”
The tournament uses an in-game tournament system for its structure which will be available to all players when the client launches. It’s an interesting way to get eyes on your game ahead of launch, as money usually does not get put into play until after a game has released.
Artifact launches on November 28, but a beta is scheduled for nine days before that on November 19.