E-frag.net has released the qualifying information and the prize distribution for the World Championships 2015.
A total of 79 national teams will be competing in the first edition of the World Championship, which will kick off with regional tournaments leading up to the offline finals, scheduled for October 8-11 at Sava Centar, in Belgrade.
Sixteen teams will be duking it out in the Serbian capital for the lion's share of the $100,000 prize purse, with half of the participating teams coming from Europe. The remaining slots will be allocated to Asia (three), North America (two), Africa, Oceania and South America (one each).
The offline finals will see the 16 nations being split into four groups of our teams. After the end of the group stage, which will use a best-of-three GSL format, the top two sides from each group will advance to the single-elimination playoffs.
Below you can find the qualifying details of all regions:
- Oceania: Two teams will play three best-of-three matches to determine who qualifies for the global finals.
- Asia: Fourteen teams will be drawn into four groups, two of them with four teams and two with three teams. The group winners will advance to a second group stage to determine the three nations who will qualify for the offline event.
- North America: Three nations will face each other twice in a round-robin best-of-three stage. The top two will qualify.
- South America: Nine teams will be drawn into three groups, with the winners progressing to a second group stage, from which the top team will secure a place in Belgrade.
- Europe: The qualifier will begin with a preliminary round with 18 teams. The nine winners will move on to round two, in which they will be joined by 15 other teams. The 12 winners will be joined by 12 seeded nations in a group stage featuring four groups of six teams. The top four teams from each group will move on to the Round of 16, which will determine the eight nations that will book places in Belgrade.
The $100,000 prize purse will be distributed between the top nations as follows: