The Paladin’s Oceanic Pro League (POPL) competition begins with Bizarre Gaming defeating Illuminate. Discussions with local and international Orgs continue. Each day we will update readers on the progress, regress, and distress of launching the Limbonauts esports organisation, along with the process of bringing a Paladins league to Australia.
The league we have been planning now for over a month launched its first competition last night. That’s a pretty quick turn around since we only announced it a week ago officially. The speed reflects the interest in Paladins in the region, but also how well designed the infrastructure is in esports to get something like this up and running quickly.
In the end, 11 teams participated, with Bizarre Gaming defeating Illuminate in the final of the first week’s competition. Both teams now qualify for the finals, while the remaining teams will compete over the next few weeks to claim the other final spots.
The actual stream itself went a lot better than we anticipated. We had coverage from the US and Europe because of the North American team that we brought into the league specifically for that reason.
The cast lasted about three hours and we focused on teams attached to organisations, so that they got some benefit from the exposure since the prize pool is still small. To the extent that one of the incentives was the exposure, it was probably a better result than we (or they) expected.
The event was cast on Twitch by @MattSe123 and myself, and the match will be available for Paladins fans to watch on Youtube.
We expect now that with competition live, momentum will build. For instance, we have already arranged a meeting with one top US team after last night, and there’s a chance they will get involved, which would be great for the local Paladins community.
We also now have a bunch of bigger Orgs who have expressed an interest in picking up non-aligned teams competing in the tournament.
Looking ahead the initial plan is to run a series of competitions and grow the prize pool to attract more teams. Eventually, we want to have tiers with the top eight teams competing in a pro league. The POPL will become an open division feeding into the Pro League and every season there will be a chance for two teams to move up into the Pro League as the bottom two teams move down.
Once we get a Pro League going and once we are getting enough viewers, the plan is to franchise it. The Orgs will then buy into the competition and that will contribute to the league’s production costs, plus any fees we need to pay, and the prize pool.
Audience growth will also help us attract sponsors and advertising and that will also contribute to the league’s costs and the prize pool.
Next steps from tonight are that we will continue our meetings with the international and local Orgs. We also need to review the stats from last night and see what we can learn.