The schedule, bracket format and locations have been revealed in a news post for the Atlantic Showdown and the Pacific Showdown. Tickets are now available for the Atlantic Showdown.
The Pacific Showdown will be held in Shanghai, China. One Australian team, one Pacific team, two Chinese teams and two Korean teams will play in a double-elimination bracket between May 24 and May 26. The top Korean team and the top Chinese team will get first-round byes.
Ticket sales for the Pacific Showdown will go on sale at a later date.
The Atlantic Showdown will be held in Krefeld, Germany between May 31 and June 2. It will be hosted by TaKeTV, who sponsor Contenders Europe team Angry Titans.
Three North American teams, two European teams and one South American team will compete in a double-elimination bracket. The top team from North America East and the top team from North America West will receive automatic invites, while the second place team in each region will play each other to determine the third North American representative.
All matches in both Showdowns will be first-to-three, except for the grand final in both tournaments. Those will be first-to-five matches.
The bottom two finishers in each Showdown will lose a spot for their region in the Gauntlet later this year. That means if a North American team finishes fifth or sixth in the Atlantic Showdown, two North American teams will be invited to the Gauntlet rather than three. Additionally, the winner of each Showdown will earn an additional spot for their region. This means if a North American team wins the Atlantic Showdown, four North American teams will be invited to the gauntlet rather than three.
This means 10 teams in total will be invited to the Gauntlet. The Gauntlet will be played between October 9 and October 13.