Turner Sports and WME|IMG's ELeague will host the inaugural 16-person, $250,000 Injustice 2 World Championship starting Oct. 21 at the G-FUEL ELeague Arena in Atlanta, the two parties announced on Sunday at E3. The tournament will be broadcasted on TBS.
The event will mark the conclusion of the Injustice 2 Championship Series, a four-piece $600,000 tour of the Injustice 2 competitive esports scene that began in May. It will also mark the conclusion to the Injustice 2 Pro Series, Gamestop Injustice 2 Hometown Heroes, Injustice 2 Path to Pro and Injustice 2 Liga Latina tournaments.
It is the first time Injustice 2 developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher and Turner sister company WB Interactive have hosted an esports circuit. The $250,000 will be the largest prize pool ever hosted in a competitive NetherRealm game.
"We're always looking for new products to consider and Warner Bros. is our sister company so we've been talking about ways to work together," Christina Alejandre, ELeague general manager and Turner Sports vice president of esports, told ESPN. "We just came off Street Fighter and we had a really great time with the fighting game community. Injustice 2 is pretty much the perfect fit for us; the question is: Why not work with them? It's a great game in the fighting game community, it features the DC Comics characters, and it's an evergreen property, so for us, it just seemed like the perfect fit."
The Injustice 2 World Championship will be the second time ELeague will run a fighting game tournament. In March, the organizer hosted the ELeague Street Fighter V Invitational, which saw some of the best compete against one another over the course of two months.
"We had a blast with our last foray into fighting games with Street Fighter, it was an amazing community," Alejandre said. "We feel like we really stayed authentic to the FGC and we did them proud. We got really great feedback. Our relationship with the fighting game community is definitely not over."
Since launching, ELeague's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major reached more than 3.6 million total viewers across TBS, Twitch and other third-party streaming platforms.