Artifact’s player base might be shrinking, but the prize pools for its tournaments keep growing. On Wednesday, VPN company NoxFire announced a brand new Artifact league to start in late February. With a prize pool of $30,000, it will also be the highest paying Artifact tournament to date. The first place prize is $12,500 — more than any single Artifact player has earned since the game’s launch.
There is little info available still, but VPEsports is working on acquiring additional details. What we know so far is that there will be 32 players taking part and a portion of them will qualify through open preliminaries. The game will be played in Draft mode and will also LAN finals in Sofia, Bulgaria on the weekend of May 3-5.
NoxFire League prize pool distribution
- 1st: $12,500
- 2nd: $7,000
- 3rd: $4,000
- 4th: $2,500
- 5th – 8th: $1,000
This format also makes NoxFire League the first long-running Artifact tournament. So far, all events have been week or weekend-long, but NoxFire League is set to run for over two months. This in turn makes for a different storytelling experience. If done well, the league can help build strong narratives around the players which are to carry on in the next Artifact events — something the game has been lacking thus far.
Alongside Artifact, the organizers will also run a $70,000 CS:GO league. The line-up features several tier 2 teams from the scene, including AVANGAR, Windingo, and Kinguin.