The $10,000 WardiTV Korean Royale is an event by WardiTV to help support the Korean scene following the news of prize money cuts across all SC2 esports, especially in Korea. Season One of the tournament is fully guaranteed and funded by WardiTV and we will be using the event to try and crowdfund at least one additional season. The community has noted that they would like ways to try and help support the Korean scene and we believe this is an opportunity for the community to support the scene in a way that benefits the players as well as viewers.
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The first season of this tournament is guaranteed to run with $10,000 – crowdfunding is for additional seasons.
We do not expect to make up anywhere close to what the Korean players lost with the GSL prize cuts, but we believe anything we can do to help is better than nothing and if nothing else hope we can help some players to continue playing for as long as possible.
This tournament is open to any player living in South Korea at the time of the tournament – i.e. any player who would typically be able to participate in GSL.
We will run three qualifiers for this event, each qualifying four players. The final four spots will be given out by invite – those who participate in qualifiers but do not make it will be considered for these invite slots. Depending on the interest in the qualifiers we may add a fourth or merge the second and third into one if there are enough or a lack of players.
Qualifier 1- Friday, Mar 10 12:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Qualifier 2- Saturday, Mar 11 12:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Qualifier 3- Sunday, Mar 12 12:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Qualifier 1 & 2 will also host a $150 prize pool thanks to OSC:
1st – $100
2nd – $30
3rd/4th – $10
The main tournament will see the 16 players split into two groups of 8. Each group is played as a round robin, with each player playing 2 series per day, for a total of 4 match days in total. Top 5 from each group advance to a gauntlet style Playoff bracket, with each position in the group allowing you to start one match deeper:
4th Group B vs 5th Group A -> vs 3rd Group A -> vs 2nd Group B -> vs 1st Group A -> Finals
4th Group A vs 5th Group B -> vs 3rd Group B -> vs 2nd Group A -> vs 1st Group B -> Finals
The schedule may change but we are currently aiming for these dates :
Day 1 (Group A Games) – Tuesday, Mar 21 12:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Day 2 (Group B Games) – Wednesday, Mar 22 12:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Day 3 (Group A Games) – Saturday, Mar 25 12:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Day 4 (Group B Games) – Sunday, Mar 26 11:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
Day 5 (Group B Games) – Saturday, Apr 01 11:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
Day 6 (Group A Games) – Sunday, Apr 02 11:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
Day 7 (Group A&B Games) – Tuesday, Apr 04 11:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
Playoff Day 1 – Saturday, Apr 08 11:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
Playoff Day 2 – Sunday, Apr 09 11:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
Group Stage Matches are worth $50 per BO3 win, totally $2,800 of the prize money. With the way the players are seeded by group standings, this is essentially a scaling prize pool bump to each playoff position, but allows for us to have every round robin match be meaningful even if certain players become eliminated.
Groups – $2,800
Playoffs – $7,200
1st – $2,500
2nd – $1,250
3rd/4th – $600
5th/6th – $400
7th/8th – $300
9th/10th – $200
11th/12th – $125
13th/14th – $75
15th/16th – $50
Streams / VODs
WardiTV YouTube for VODs