DP World Tour launches new eTour competition with live Dubai finale
The DP World Tour today announces the introduction of a new eTour competition, in partnership with the leading online and mobile game World Golf Tour (WGT) by Topgolf, and esports specialists DreamHack Sports Games, that will open to players across the globe on 31st August.
The new eTour competition has four stages, with the entire competition played on the stunning Wolf Creek Golf Course in Nevada, USA, culminating in a live grand finale hosted at DP World’s high-tech FLOW Pavilion in Expo City, Dubai.
The four stages will be:
- Open Qualification: Taking place on WGT by Topgolf and starting on 31st August until 16th October.
- The Bracket: The top 128 players in Open Qualifying will be eligible to play in The Bracket, which takes place over four days, from 20th to 23rd October. This consists of eight individual brackets of 16 players each, who will play a knockout format to determine the winner of their bracket.
- The Shootout: A one-round tournament to determine the final four players, taking place in the week commencing 24th October.
- The Global Final: The final four players will go head-to-head in a live final on 16th November at the DP World FLOW Pavilion at Expo City Dubai to crown the 2022 DP World eTour winner. This is the same week as the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on the DP World Tour.
The WGT by Topgolf platform will also feature new DP World eTour branded apparel in its virtual store from August 31st to November 30th.
The competition is the latest collaboration between the European Tour group, Topgolf Entertainment Group and DreamHack Sports Games. In 2020 the organisations joined forces to launch the European eTour on the WGT platform, which saw more than 750,000 entries and five million rounds played in its first two seasons.
WGT by Topgolf is an established leader in online golf competitions and is currently played by more than 20 million people worldwide. It offers the most photorealistic golf gaming experience available, giving players the opportunity to virtually play some of the most famous championship golf courses.
Speaking about the new eTour competition Richard Bunn, Managing Director of European Tour Productions, said: “The esports industry allows the DP World Tour to engage with our existing audience in a different way and attract new fans through our broadcast and digital platforms. After working together with WGT by Topgolf and DreamHack Sports Games before on the European eTour, we knew they were the perfect partners to help introduce a new DP World Tour branded competition to our fans. With the support of our title partner DP World, the final promises to be a spectacular event, taking place at their impressive FLOW Pavilion in Dubai, that includes an 8K screen which is a stunning backdrop for the best WGT gamers to compete for the chance to be the DP World eTour Champion.”
Daniel van Otterdijk, Chief Communications Officer, DP World, commented: “We’re delighted to be part of the new global DP World eTour competition and particularly pleased to be able to host the grand final here in Dubai, in what will be a spectacular showdown. Dubai is not only one of the most prominent sports capitals of the world, but also a hub of world-class technology and innovation. Our DP World FLOW Pavilion in Expo City, which is dedicated to logistical and technological excellence, is a fitting setting to bring the DP World eTour to a close this November. We would like to wish all the competitors the best of luck and thank the partners involved in making it all happen.”
In November 2021, the European Tour group and DP World jointly announced a ground-breaking evolution to their long-term partnership, with DP World becoming the title sponsor of the group’s main tour from the start of the 2022 season.
About the DP World Tour
The DP World Tour is the main men’s professional golf Tour of the European Tour group, with a global schedule featuring a minimum of 44 tournaments in 25 different countries across the 2022 season.
Formerly known as the European Tour, which was established in 1972, the 2022 DP World Tour schedule includes five Rolex Series events, along with four Major Championships, two World Golf Championship events and three tournaments co-sanctioned with the PGA TOUR, as well as tournaments staged around the world with a minimum prize of $2million for all events solely sanctioned by the DP World Tour.
The season concludes with the final Rolex Series event, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where the winner of the Tour’s season-long competition, the DP World Tour Rankings, will be crowned.
DP World, the leading provider of global smart end-to-end supply chain and logistics solutions, is the title partner of the DP World Tour, which is administered by the European Tour group.
About DreamHack Sports Games
DreamHack Sports Games (DHSG) is where traditional sports meets esports. As a leading Sports Games esports company, DHSG organises esports leagues and tournaments together with traditional sports IP rights holders. It has uniquely mapped the sports gaming community and created high-impact media sports games formats, enabling them to globally organise 15 EA SPORTS FIFA seasons — the world’s biggest EA SPORTS FIFA event — as well as producing the NHL Gaming World Championship. By creating strong event and media products around competitive esports, DreamHack Sports Games ensures the leagues and tournaments it operates are appealing and engaging entertainment products for its community of fans. Founded as part of DreamHack, an immersive, gaming lifestyle experience where the gaming community comes to life, DHSG combines esports knowledge with a legacy of producing some of the greatest esports events across the globe. More information is available at www.dreamhacksportsgames.com.