Mortal Kombat X and ESL are kicking off the MKX Pro League this April, announcing an exhibition tournament to showcase competitive Mortal Kombat X on the big stage.
Dubbed “FATAL 8,” NetherRealm and ESL have invited eight of the world’s best Mortal Kombat players to showcase their moves on the upcoming entry in the series. The tournament will be held on April 11 and fans can either go in person or watch the tourney unfold on Twitch TV.
The Mortal Kombat tournament will be for a $10,000 prize pool, with first place taking $5000 of that. Invited players include:
- Malik “MIT” Terry
- Christian “KiT Forever King” Quiles
- Elijah “Tyrant” Williamson
- Dominique “Sonic Fox” McLean
- Carl “Perfect Legend” White
- Ryan “Ketchup” Neal
- Tony “Tony-T” Pert
- Ryan “Prodigal Son” Hart
Mortal Kombat X fans will also be able to see the epic players drafted into their Mortal Kombat factions, such as the Lin Kuei, The Black Dragon, the Brotherhood of Shadow, the Special Forces or the White Lotus. According to Gamespot, factions in Mortal Kombat X are a metagame that every player with an internet connection will contribute to in some way. Every thing a player does, whether in single or multiplayer, will contribute to your faction’s success.
This event is just the tip of the iceberg as it will kick off an entire season schedule for Mortal Kombat X and its Pro League. The preseason will start on April 19, just a few days after the game launches on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. The MKX Pro League will officially get underway May 3, with $1,000 prize up for grabs weekly. The season will culminate in a 16-player tournament held in ESL’s studios in Burbank, CA.
Mortal Kombat X has revealed a few characters as well recently, though some seemingly by accident. Jax and Liu Kang were revealed via a skin advertisement in the upcoming DLC, as well as Predator being revealed via a Xbox advertisement. Also revealed today is the first 25 minutes of the story mode, via Shoryuken.
Mortal Kombat X is the next game in one of the industry’s formative franchises. After its successful reboot a few years back, MKX is trying to become the best in the series thus far. Set 25 years after the events of the reboot, Mortal Kombat X will feature familiar faces and all new Kombatants, and a few iconic ones from other media inbetween.
Mortal Kombat X launches on April 14 for Xbox One, PC and Playstation 4, with last gen versions to follow in June.
[Image via ESL MKX Pro League]