Arbalet reveals global changes
The organizers behind Arbalet Cup have announced global changes to its series; more cups, structure changes and development plans.
Year 2010 has been a great year so far, especially because of all the Arbalet Cups which has given us plenty of viewer excitement and thrill. Up till now a total of nine tournaments have been held, whereas the Arbalet Arena Female Cup will start tomorrow. Let's take a look at the tournaments that have been held so far this year:
Arbalet Cup - Asia, 30-31st of January
Arbalet Cup - PRESS ON FIRE!, 13th of February
Arbalet Cup - CIS, 14th of February
Arbalet Cup - Kazakhstan, 20-21st of March
Arbalet Cup - Russia, 27-28th of March
Arbalet Cup - Ukraine, 3rd of April
Arbalet Cup - Best of 4, 9-11th of April
Arbalet Cup - CIS, 25th of April
Arbalet Cup - Arena Female Cup, 1-3rd of May
In addition, over twelve qualifiers have been held in the different CIS countries. Taking the last two tournaments into account, a total of $184,250 has been given out. And this is only the prize money.
The Arbalet family
The Arbalet Cup organizers have now announced a new format, schedule and a massive increase in prize money in all their coming tournaments this year.
1. The Arbalet Cups have reached international status and will therefor allow any international team wishing to participate do so.
2. All tournaments will take place in an open format, but will feature a limited total number of participants at the final stage (16 or 32). Decided by qualifiers and invitations.
3. Tournament names will be determined by the host city. For example, Arbalet Cup Stockholm, Arbalet Cup Moscow.
4. When a tournament features sixteen teams, there will be prize money for every team, to serve as a motivation boost for participants.
5. Teams will have to cover expenses such as travel, accommodation, meals etc. on their own behalf. The organizers will now focus on achieving maximum quality of the tournaments. Also, as long as the organizers do not pay for any travel or accommodation expenses, the prize pool will increase.
The organizers also hope to help CIS teams on their way to a higher profesional level and give them valuable experience against international teams.
6. Arbalet Cup is heading to the USA. Next up will be an annual tournament on U.S. soil.
Let's take a look at the impressive tournament schedule:
"Arbalet Cup Dallas" will be held in the Summer, once a year.
Number of teams: 32. Prize fund: $80,000
"Arbalet Cup Stockholm" will be held twice a year, May and November.
Number of teams: 32. Prize fund: $65,000
"Arbalet Cup Kiev/Moscow" will be held three times a year, in February April and October.
Number of teams: 32. Prize fund: $42,200
"Arbalet Cup Female" will be held twice a year, Spring and Autumn.
Number of teams: 16. Prize fund: $42,200
Stay tuned for further updates regarding the expanding Arbalet tournaments.