Storage vendor Western Digital (WD) has introduced a new European season of its Black Monster Cup amateur League of Legends esports tournament for 2014, and the UK qualifier gets underway in a matter of weeks.
The PC gaming event - which boasts commentary from well-known 'LoL-caster' Jason Kaplan - kicked off on February 5th and runs until March 30th when the final takes place.
The tournament has an overall prize pool of €15,000, with the winning team taking home a cash prize of €6,000 and five WD Black² dual drives.
WD says the first edition of the Black Monster Cup last year was a major success, hosting around 10,000 participating players.
Replacing the double qualification rounds this time are nine online open qualifiers in different European countries and territories including Poland, France, Spain, the UK, Benelux, Turkey, Scandinavia, Germany and Russia.
Depending on the country, one to two winning teams will be given the chance to compete in the online finals. Rules and standards require that each local team qualifies for registration with at least two players as residents of the respective country.
Here are the dates for the remaining qualifiers (the Poland, Spain and France qualifiers have now been completed):
Nordics - February 20th
Germany - February 27th
UK - March 5th
Turkey - March 5th
Russia - March 13th
Benelux - March 18th