With a prize-pool of $300,000 and nearly a month until the results are broadcast, the ability to keep the outcome of the Twin Galaxies H1Z1: Fight for the Crown tournament a secret was one that still may prove tough to do.
The event was the culmination of a six-part esports docuseries coming this spring to The CW Network, with the finale featuring the first-ever, five-man H1Z1: King of the Kill tournament. It amounted to a 75-person tournament, featuring 15 elite teams all competing for their share of the prize pool.
One way to help ensure that the winner -- or any key moments of battle -- would not get leaked from the players, casters, media or fans was to have everyone sign a Non-disclosure Agreement complete with the threat of a personal fine of $100,000, just to get in the door.
That, apparently, is exactly how event organizer Tucker Hicks went about keeping everything under wraps.
He even went so far as to make sure that the whole world knew, tweeting it on Sunday afternoon from his account, @BigTuckTV.
"PSA: there is a $100,000 fine associated with any leaks of the @TwinGalaxies H1Z1 tournament this weekend. Be respectful of the competitors"
PSA: there is a $100,000 fine associated with any leaks of the @TwinGalaxies H1Z1 tournament this weekend. Be respectful of the competitors— Tucker Hicks (@BigTuckTV) March 19, 2017
WWG Senior Vice President Jared Miller was in attendance for the event and said that everyone was made to sign or be turned away.
"They were very clear about the process and the potential punishment," he said. "It could still, conceivably, get leaked but they were doing their best to keep things quiet."
H1Z1 was the first-ever, official, team-based tournament for the multiplayer shooter game, H1Z1: King of the Kill.
The competing team were given time to warm up before competing in a single elimination game from which the prize pool was distribute.
The teams involved were Echo Fox, Rogue, Panda Global, Denial Esports, Cloud 9, Team Gates, SoaR Gaming, Counter Logic Gaming, Obey Alliance, Set to Destroy X, Strictly Business Gaming, Ohio Rebels, Enigma 6 Group, Luminosity, and World Best Gaming.
The prize pool breaks down with 1st place taking the lion's share of the $300,000 taking home $180,000. Second place takes home $60,000 with the next 3 places taking $30,000, $18,000 and $12,000 respectively.
H1Z1 will be broadcast on The CW Network on April 20, 2017.