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Florida Panthers to Host ‘Sunrise Showdown’ NHL 21 Online Tournament

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers announced today the inaugural ‘Sunrise Showdown’ NHL 21 Online Tournament for XBOX One and PlayStation 4 hosted by Level Gaming. Select matches from the tournament will be streamed from the Florida Panthers Gaming Twitch account at Twitch.tv/FlaPanthers.

“We are excited to announce the launch of our inaugural ‘Sunrise Showdown’ tournament,” said Panthers Chief Commercial Officer Shawn Thornton. “As we work to grow the game of hockey in South Florida, we look at esports and FlaPanthers Gaming as an exciting and accessible way for new fans to learn the basics of the game and for current fans to also take their enjoyment of the game to another level by connecting to our organization through a new platform.”

The ‘Sunrise Showdown’ will take place over the course of two days through Level Gaming’s innovative tournament platform. A maximum of 128 participants are eligible to compete on both XBOX One and PlayStation 4. Registration for the tournament will be handled on a first come, first served basis.

The first round of tournament matches will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, beginning at 3 p.m. ET and continue until there are eight participants remaining on both platforms. The final matches will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. ET and continue until the two champions have been crowned.

First prize for the winners of the XBOX One and PlayStation 4 console brackets will receive a custom Florida Panthers jersey and the opportunity to play with a Florida Panthers player or personality in one game of NHL 21 on the FlaPanthers Gaming Twitch channel. The second-place winner on each system will receive a $100 digital gift card to FlaTeamShop.com.

Registration for the ‘Sunrise Showdown’ is free and open to residents of the United States and Canada age 18 or older. All participants must have a copy of EA Sports NHL 21 and a stable internet connection.

To sign up for the tournament and for full rules and regulations, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/FlaPanthersGaming.

During the tournament, fans are encouraged to subscribe to the Panthers Official Twitch channel to watch matchups. All funds generated through Twitch subscriptions directly benefit the Florida Panthers Foundation. Fans can also follow along with the tournament on Twitter by following @FlaPanthersGame.

Participation Requirements

  • Must have the ability to play EA Sports NHL 21 on the XBOX One or PlayStation 4. Entry on both platforms will not be permitted.
  • Must have a valid EA account linked to NHL 21
  • Must have access to Level.gg via web browser
  • Must have access to Discord via application or browser
  • Must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the United States or Canada
  • For a complete list of Terms & Conditions, click HERE

Tournament Schedule

  • A maximum of 128 players per bracket per game console
  • Format for the entire tournament is single elimination, best of three
  • The opening stage of the XBOX One and PlayStation 4 tournaments will be held Dec. 5 beginning at 3 p.m. ET. On this day, both brackets will be reduced from 128 down to eight players.
  • The final stage of the XBOX One and PlayStation 4 tournaments will be held on Dec. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. ET. On this day, the final eight players on each console will play until each champion is crowned.

About Level Gaming

Level Gaming (Level.gg) is a global esports organization that promotes online gaming through quality gaming events for both the amateur and professional player base. Since 2012, they’ve organized dozens of unique events, hosted 1,000+ competitive matches for over 20,000 players. Building upon their prior experience, Level Gaming has developed a robust web-platform for esports communities, with the ability to run virtually any event structure for any game. Additionally, Level Gaming aims to provide central capabilities that esports communities and teams require to manage competitive events and engage their player base, such as team management, match communication and rescheduling, and game statistics.

Take a Virtual Tour and learn how you can join Panthers Territory today. Visit FloridaPanthers.com/Memberships or call 954-835-PUCK for more information.


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