Hello again capsuleers!
I‘m here with some more information on the New Eden Open II and to remind you that sign ups are open until January 20th, so make haste dear pilots if you plan to enter the fray and build up some serious e-fame!! For those of you wondering what the New Eden Open is all about, read this blog.
First off I want to refresh your memory on what the stakes are this year.
The prize pool totals $25,000 to be distributed in the following way:
- 1st place: $12,000
- 2nd place: $8,000
- 3rd place: $5,000
On top of that all the PLEX gathered in the silent auction for spots in the tournament will also be given out as prizes and distributed in the following way:
- 1st place: 50% of PLEX
- 2nd place: 30% of PLEX
- 3rd place: 20% of PLEX
Now that you all know what you are playing for let‘s talk about sponsorships. We are bringing back the sponsorship program from last years‘ NEO due to requests from the forums. This program works in such a way that a team and a sponsor make an agreement on what is covered by the sponsor, such as entry fee to the tournament and cost of ships during the tournament, then the team captain must file a support ticket to the Community queue and alert us of the sponsorship. In the end should the team take any of the top three spots the sponsor will receive the secondary PLEX prize instead of the team. So eccentric space billionaires with nothing to do, go sponsor a tournament team to spice things up a bit! So get out there and hunt for that diamond in the rough and on the flip side if you feel your team is amazingly good but need funding I encourage you to look for funding on the tournament forums or in game.
For this tournament teams must choose to either practice on Singularity or on Tranquility. In an effort to aid the training on Singularity, especially for newer players that might rely on skillpoints that haven‘t been mirrored over yet, we will be handing out skillpoints to those who request them. In order to be eligible for the skillpoints your character must have been created before the last mirror and therefore exist on Singularity, and you must be a registered member on a tournament team. Players can apply for the skillpoints by filing a support ticket to the Community queue between the end of the silent auction on January the 23rd and January 30th. We will then hand out the skillpoints in the following days.
HILARIOUS/AMAZING PLAYER ADVERTISING
I am also happy to announce that we will offer players the chance to create their own advertisements for this year's NEO. All details on how you can do that and how to submit them can be found in this forum post by CCP Loxy.
RECAP OF THE SILENT AUCTION PROCESS
As a reminder for those that may have forgot—here’s how the silent auction will take place as explained by the fabulous CCP Gargant:
"On January 20th after downtime we will announce the final number of teams that signed up and begin the silent auction for the 28 spots in the tournament. Your bids should be sent by your team captain to the character CCP Alliance Tournament with the name of your team included in the mail. Remember that your initial 5 signup PLEX will be a part of this amount. You can update your bid for the two days it is open as you see fit but no bids will be made public by us. At the end of the auction on January 23rd the teams that did not secure a spot in the tournament will have a chance to get one of the remaining three spots via a raffle. If Asine Hitama’s Team choose not accept the final spot, it will also be dispensed at this time."
COST OF SPECIAL EDITION SHIPS
I also wanted to let you all know that CCP Fozzie has made public the point cost for special edition ships in the NEO and you can find all information on that right here.
I am delighted to announce that we will be providing Russian coverage of the entire tournament thanks to CCP Leeloo, CCP Vesna Prishla and CCP Lost in Space that have graciously volunteered their spare time to make it happen!
Looking forward to seeing you out on the battlefield and if there are any questions make sure to first look on the tournament forum and if you can‘t find the answer there then start up a thread and we‘ll answer it as soon as possible.
- CCP Bro