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[Updated] SKL Esports at Queen City Ex

Hello everyone!

We are excited to announce that SKL will be at the Queen City Ex for the entire event! That’s right, we’ll be there from July 31st to August 3rd, 2019 with a variety of our own events. These include:

Wednesday, July 31st: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

  • 12:00-8:00 PM: 8-player Free Play. 8 Switches, 8 Mario Karts, 8 players. Race it out against your friends and others! Who will reign supreme?
  • 12:00-8:00 PM: Time Trial Challenge. How fast can you beat a 200cc track? The track will be announced the day of the event, and the person with the fastest time at the end of the day will win a $25 Nintendo Switch eShop gift card!
  • 12:00-8:00 PM: 1 vs. 1 Station. Need to figure out if you’re better than your friend? Challenge them to a 1 vs. 1 race.
  • 12:00-8:00 PM: Challenge a Mario Kart 8 DX World Record Holder, Skilloz. He doesn’t play easy. He plays 200cc with NO items turned on.
  • Open consoles will be on throughout the day and will feature other Mario Kart games.

Thursday, August 1st: League of Legends.

  • 12:00-3:00 PM: 1 vs. 1 King of the Hill. Do you have what it takes to be King?
  • 3:00-4:00 PM: 1 vs. 1 Against an SKL Admin. How badly can you destroy them? Seriously, kick their butts for us.
  • 4:00-5:00 PM: 2 vs. 2 Against SKL Admins. If destroying one SKL Admin wasn’t satisfying enough, we’ll give you the option to destroy two of them. At once!
  • 5:00-8:00 PM: 2 vs. 2 King of the Hill. See how long you and your friend can battle it out and rise to the top!
  • Open consoles will be available and will feature old school video games.

Friday, August 2nd: Fortnite.

Come watch the championship playoffs hosted by Matrix Gaming! For more information, check it out here.

  • 3:00-5:00 PM: Play Smash Against Smash Pros! Need tips and tricks? They’ll be the ones to ask! There will be a Smash panel to listen to as well.
  • 5:00-9:00 PM: Saskatchewan Fortnite Finals Presented by Matrix Gaming. Find out who will be crowned as Saskatchewan’s Top Fortnite player!
  • Open consoles will be available and will feature Super Smash Bros.

Saturday, August 3rd Sunday, August 4th: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Smashfest 5). Pre-register to get yourself signed up for a $10,000 prize pool tournament.

  • Sat. August 3rd, 2019
    • 11:00 AM: Doors Open
    • 11:30 AM: Squad Strike / Doubles Starts
    • 1:00 PM: Ultimate Singles Starts
    • 5:00-8:00 PM: Squad Strike /Doubles Top 8
  • Sun. August 4th, 2019
    • 12:00 PM: Ultimate Top 64 Starts
    • 4:00 PM: Ultimate Top 8 Starts
    • Open consoles will be available and will feature Super Smash Bros

Any questions? Want to get involved with our community? Join our Discord here!

Can’t wait to see you there!

-The SKL Admin Team

Location

Queen City Ex is at Evraz Place, 1700 Elphinstone St, Regina, SK S4P 2Z6, Canada. We’ll be located in the International Trade Centre, Exhibit Hall A.

Those who are preregistered will be a free entrance into Queen City Ex. A full day of parking is $10 in the paid parking lots. Free parking is available on the nearby streets.

See the picture for a visual map.

Map

Introducing the SKL R6: Summer Siege!

Hey Rainbow6: Siege fans!

Edit: This tournament has ended.

SKL Esports is excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Ubisoft Canada again for our second tournament: R6: Summer Siege!

R6: Summer Siege is an online R6: Siege tournament that SKL and Ubisoft Canada will be bringing to you on Saturday, July 6th, 2019. Sign up as a full team with you and four squad mates FOR FREE and battle it out in our classic tournament format for a chance to win some serious prize money; with a total of $400 in cold hard Canadian currency up for grabs!

Teams are guaranteed to play three games throughout the day and might even be featured on the SKL Twitch channel as we will be streaming and casting games all day long!

Registration is open NOW (registration button below) and will be closing at the end of Friday, July 5th, 2019. So grab your team or head over to the SKL Esports Discord at discord.gg/sklesports to find four other operators to ensure you don’t miss your chance to go down in SKL Rainbow6 history as the R6: Summer Siege champions!

Siege ya later!

Registration

Full Teams of five only

(registration now closed)

Close: Friday, July 5th, 2019, 11:59 PM

Prize Breakdown

1st – $250

2nd – $100

3rd – $50

When

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

10:00AM PST

1:00PM EST

Format

Round-Robin group play

Single Elimination playoff

Rules

Official ESL Ruleset. They can also be found on the Battlefy page.

Location

Online

For answers to your questions or other information, please visit the official SKL Esports Discord over at discord.gg/sklesports or shoot us an email at info@skleague.ca.

SKLAN 2 is coming to Regina, SK!

We here at SKL are excited to announce our second ever LAN event, SKLAN 2! Our first one was such a great time, that we just had to do another! This time, we’re coming to Regina. The LAN will be taking place at the Evraz Place, in the Queensbury Convention Centre (Rooms 1, 2, and 3), on Saturday, June 15th, 2019. The doors will open at 10:00 a.m., and the event will run until 1:00 a.m.

For more information, prices, and registration, please visit our official SKLAN 2 page below, or through the SKLAN2 heading at the top of our website!

Registration for SKL CS:GO Season 2 is now open!

We are proud to announce that the SKL CS:GO Season 2 is now open for registration! Teams will be competing in a 6-7 week long season for a chance to win prizes and glory in the playoffs! SKL will be streaming one match per week, depending on the schedules of teams each week. The more teams that sign up, the bigger the prize will be at the end

Registration

$15 per team (max 7 players)

$5 per free agent

Open: -now closed-

Closes: Friday, May 31st, 2019 @ 11:59:59PM MST

Prize Breakdown

TBA. The more teams that register, the bigger the prize pool will be.

When

The league will begin on June 8th, 2019 and will continue for approximately 6-7 weeks. Teams can expect to play 1-2 times a week.

Matches are played during the evening, usually around 7PM MST.

Format

Round-robin group play

Single elimination playoffs

Rules

The rules can be found here. They can also be found under Esports > CS:GO > Rules & Code of Conduct

Location

Online. Join our Discord community to meet your fellow players!

Introducing the SKL R6: Spring Siege!

Hey Rainbow6: Siege fans!

SKL Esports is excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Ubisoft Canada for our first foray into the shooter genre, with R6: Spring Siege!

R6: Spring Siege is an online R6: Siege tournament that SKL and Ubisoft Canada will be bringing to you on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. Sign up as a full team with you and four squad mates FOR FREE and battle it out in our classic tournament format for a chance to win some serious prize money; with a total of $400 in cold hard Canadian currency up for grabs! Did we mention that registration is completely free?

Teams are guaranteed to play three games throughout the day and might even be featured on the SKL Twitch channel as we will be streaming and casting games all day long!

Registration is open NOW (registration button below) and will be closing on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 1:00 PM SKT. So grab your team or head over to the SKL Esports Discord at discord.gg/sklesports to find four other operators to ensure you don’t miss your chance to go down in SKL Rainbow6 history as the first R6: Spring Siege champions!

Siege ya later!

Registration

Full Teams of five only

Open: (registration now closed)

Close: Friday, April 26th, 2019, 1:00 PM MST (Mountain Standard Time)

Prize Breakdown

1st – $250

2nd – $100

3rd – $50

When

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

11:00 AM-9:00 PM MST (Mountain Standard Time)

Format

Round-Robin group play

Single Elimination playoff

Rules

Official ESL Ruleset. They can also be found on the Battlefy page.

Location

Online

For answers to your questions or other information, please visit the official SKL Esports Discord over at discord.gg/sklesports or shoot us an email at info@skleague.ca.

Registration is now closed.

Registration for Smashfest 5 is now open!

SKL Esports is proud to announce SKL’s BIGGEST Ultimate tournament presented by Queen City Exhibition. The event will be held at Evraz Place (International Trade Centre, Exhibit Hall A) during Queen City EX in Regina, SK From August 3 to August 4, 2019.

With previous Smashfests at the University of Regina, West Edmonton Mall, and Sasktel Centre, this Smashfest is going to be a wild Ride. Growing from 60 to 100 to 200 players, we expect this tournament to be our biggest yet by far…Again!

This tournament also features a TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR prize pool for Smash Ultimate singles.

Just like the last Smashfest, there will be areas for friends/family/other players to watch the tournament as it happens. Our broadcast partners with IKS Media will be setting up our biggest stage ever, similar to the setup we had at the University of Regina. Our lovely casters will be on hand to broadcast and stream the event. Everyone is welcomed to come watch the event, but to have a chance to play this game on the big stage you must participate in this tournament!

The venue fee for this event is $25, and this venue fee will get you FREE Entry into the Queen City Ex on Saturday August 3 BUT ONLY IF YOU PREREGISTER BEFORE JULY 31. If you do not pre-register, you will have to pay venue fee as well as entry into the Queen City Ex. If you qualify for Top 8 in doubles and/or Top 48 in Singles (subject to change based on final registration numbers), you will also get FREE entry into the QCX on August 4. More details to come soon!

Prices

Venue Fee — $25

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles — $10

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Doubles — $10/person

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Squad Strike — $10

Schedule

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

  • 11:00 AM — Doors Open
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Setup/Registration/Friendlies
  • 11:30 AM — Ultimate Doubles and Squad Strike Begins
  • 1:00 PM — Ultimate Singles Begins

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

  • 12:00 PM — Top 8 Doubles/Squad Strike Begins
  • 4:00 PM — Ultimate Singles Top 8 Begins

Venue

  • Evraz Place, 1700 Elphinstone St, Regina, SK S4P 2Z6, Canada
    • International Trade Centre, Exhibit Hall A

[Registration Closed]

2019 Recreational League 1 Registration Now Open!

SKL Esports is happy to officially open registration for our first of back to back Recreational League of Legends Leagues in 2019! That’s right. We are officially committing to back to back rec leagues, with more information to follow regarding our plans for Autumn League of Legends! Stay tuned to our social media for details, or if you aren’t apart of our discord, check it out at discord.gg/sklesports

This is recreational league is focused on a fun and entertaining experience above all else, and helping to develop new friendships and teams! We want everyone who loves League of Legends to be able to play in this league, regardless of skill level.

Registration

Don’t have a team? Have a few friends but not enough for a full team? No problem! We are allowing for free-agent registration and a free-agent pool. This will allow teams to pick up solo registered players to fill in their gaps, or grab a sub or two for a game if needed. This range of flexibility wouldn’t work in a wholly competitive environment when team segregation is important. Thankfully with a more relaxed atmosphere we can accommodate a much wider range of people.

As a solo player, if you don’t end up playing at least two games during the season, we will refund your registration. So why not register?

Registration closes: February 8th, 2019 @ 11:59PM

Format

Depending on numbers, we are running a either a round robin or swiss format tournament for the recreation league. If we have enough teams to use a swiss style, it uses a form of matchmaking and ranking in order to match teams with other teams of equal skill. Because of this, your first match or two might not be the closest, but we’ll do our best to avoid that. By the end, everyone will hopefully be able to play challenging, even matches.

Matches will use Battlefy’s auto stat tracking and match completion system to ensure fair reporting, as well as tournament codes to make it easy for everyone to get into the game with the correct settings. SKL officials will schedule each match to be played within a 24 hour period.

You can learn more about the format and rules on our recreational rules page.

Schedule

SKL admins will be scheduling games for teams based on the availability given in the registration form. We ask that teams give at least 2 weekdays and 1 weekend day per week that generally work, so that we can schedule matches for teams to be broadcast on our stream (twitch.tv/skl_esports). We will be streaming at least one match per week, and we will try to have every team on stream at least once!

SaskTel Joins the Battle!

SKL Esports and SaskTel are excited to announce an ongoing sponsorship, heading into 2019! As a locally founded and based company ourselves, we are proud to work with SaskTel, and to become part of their strong focus on connecting communities right here in Saskatchewan. Local community building has always been one of our main focuses here at SKL, so in tandem with SaskTel, we hope to help each other grow our gaming communities across the province.

Even though the esports industry is booming across the globe, it has yet to truly take hold in both Saskatchewan, and Canada as a whole. Our goal here at SKL has always been to change that, and SaskTel’s sponsorship will help us achieve that goal. The competitive esports community in Saskatchewan has shown a lot of potential, and with the support of a company as significant as SaskTel, it won’t be long before Saskatchewan is being represented on esports stages across the country.

This sponsorship will provide many benefits to our audience. Using SaskTel’s superior infrastructure, we will be able to create more frequent and higher quality content, all at the consistently high speeds that only SaskTel can offer. We will both be able to grow our audiences, allowing us to have a broader reach across the province, and increase both SKL’s and SaskTel’s brand recognition as a legitimate player in the esports industry. SaskTel will be sponsoring all of our upcoming 2019 Saskatchewan based events, and we here at SKL can’t wait to bring them to you!

Overall, we believe this new relationship will help us to build and grow local gaming communities for both competitive and recreational gamers alike.

“SKL Esports is the premier competitive esports league in Western Canada and we’re excited to sponsor them in 2019,” said Doug Burnett, Acting SaskTel President and CEO. “With the incredibly fast speeds and low latency we can deliver over infiNET, SaskTel is the clear choice for Saskatchewan gamers looking to take their skills to the next level.”

Be on the lookout for more exciting news about our upcoming events in 2019! 

See you in the new year,

The SKL Admin Team

Introducing the SKL CS:GO Recreation League!

SKL is proud to announce our first ever CS:GO recreation league. The recreational league is the relaxed league where the main goal is having fun. Any player in the North America region can sign up, but we expect the majority of players to sign up from Western Canada. There are no prizes for winning, but there may be rewards for good sportsmanship, etc. We will be streaming one match per week, depending on schedules of teams each week.

The league will run approximately 6-7 weeks, with playoffs happening sometime in March. The league will begin in February and teams can expect to play 1-2 times a week.

The rules and code of conduct can be found here. It can also be found on the main website menu under Esports > CS:GO > Rules & Code of Conduct

To register, click the register button below. Registration ends on January 30th, 2019.

Registration for Smashfest 4 is now open.

SKL Esports is proud to announce Western Canada’s first premier Smash Bros Ultimate tournament presented by IKS Media and the Saskatoon Blades. The event will be held at SaskTel Center in Saskatoon on January 12, 2019. With the game being released just over a month before this tournament, this is the best time to come try your skills against everyone in Western Canada!

With previous Smashfests at the University of Regina and the West Edmonton Mall, we are happy to return to the Sasktel Centre a 2nd time for our 4th Smashfest, with this one expected to be bigger than ever. Growing from 60 to 100 to 120 players, we expect this tournament to be our biggest yet by far.

Just like the last Smashfest, there will be areas for friends/family/other players to watch the tournament as it happens. Our lovely casters will be on hand to broadcast and stream the event. Everyone is welcomed to come watch the event, but to have a chance to play this game you must participate in this tournament!

The Saskatoon Blades are also hosting a video game theme night on Friday, January 11th, 2019 when they play against the Calgary Hitmen! Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to meet and greet with Smashfest contestants and SKL casters/admins! There will be video game vendors on hand promoting new products and a gaming area set up the night of the game so fans can will have a chance to try out the brand new Smash Bros game before the tournament on the 12th!

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