Chipotle Mexican Grill's esports competition is going virtual
The Chipotle Challenger Series (CCS) first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas and will now be virtual in 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world's most popular games. The official game for the first series will be announced Monday, April 6t when the registration portal opens. Finale champions will win $25,000 cash and $25,000 to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts, as well as an exclusive card that grants winners a year of free Chipotle.
CCS will feature online Qualifying and Finale competitions throughout 2020.
To promote the series further, Chipotle has added an official team partnership with 100 Thieves' Matt "Nadeshot" Haag, and Brooke "BrookeAB" Bond, as well as TSM's Myth and fan-favorite streamers Jack "CouRage" Dunlop and JERICHO. The Finale on April 25 will be broadcast on Twitch and YouTube.
"Bringing the Chipotle Challenger Series online provides the perfect platform to directly engage new and loyal esports fans," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer at Chipotle. "We are excited to connect up-and-coming talent in the space with their gaming heroes for a real competition with huge prizes."
Each CCS competition will consist of three Qualifiers, with the first occurring April 16, and a live-broadcasted Finale. The Finale competition will be held April 25 and feature the top performing teams from the Qualifier. These teams will have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music and entertainment like professional sports. Chipotle will unveil more celebrity participants during the lead up to the competition.
Through the Challenger Series and Chipotle Together, a string of virtual hangouts that feature celebrity appearances, exclusive content and free giveaways, Chipotle said it is looking to bring more joy to its fans and bridge important digital connections during this time of uncertainty.