ESL, the world’s largest esports organizer, and Oculus announced that season three of the VR League will kickoff on March 24th. A prize pool, which is touted as the league’s largest yet, tallies a total of $250,000.

VR League is bringing two new games to the competition this season: Ready At Dawn’s Echo Combat and Ubisoft’s Space Junkies. Last year’s mainstays Echo Arena and Downpour Interactive’s Onward are also returning, making for four total games featured at this season’s tournaments.

Survios’ Sprint Vector and Insomniac Games’ The Unspoken have booth been retired from competition this year.

VR League: Season 3 will have weekly cups in both Europe and North America, and terminate in an offline Grand Finals event at Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, UK. Check out the full season three schedule here.

“2019 will be a huge year for VR gaming with the launch of Oculus Quest and Season 3 & 4 of the VR League,” said Christopher K. McKelvy, head of esports at Oculus. “This year will be Oculus’ biggest investment in esports yet. We’re adding new games, more broadcasts and a bigger prize pool.”

The opening showmatch took place yesterday between last season’s finalists, hosted at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. You can check out the full showmatch below:

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  • JesuSaveSouls

    Wow are these experiences available ?

    • Sonya Haskins

      Absolutely! The games are available on the Oculus Store website and playable on a Rift headset. They’re a ton of fun. Each of the games featured in season 3 also have very active online communities on discord, Facebook, reddit, etc. There are even veteran players who help train newer players. :)

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  • HybridEnergy

    All pretty whatever compared to SPARC to be honest.

    • jj

      haha i thought u were serious :)

      • HybridEnergy

        Dead serious. Echo Arena is crap.

        • jj

          haha you’re good at making jokes man. do you do stand up?

          • HybridEnergy

            I do stand up but it’s mostly about your mom and not VR. Sorry.

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  • RJH

    I want esports pool / snooker.

  • nasprin

    Is there a reason Beat Saber is not part of this? Its the first thing I had in mind when thinking about competetive VR..

  • I living in the center of the Europe ( Hungary), living in the EU, but my country is not supported and we can’t start in the European qualification… Insane…