Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, has launched Caps Gaming, an ice hockey-focused esports sub-brand.
Caps Gaming will host the Caps Gaming Showcase, a 32-team, 6v6 tournament in EA Sports’ NHL 20 on Xbox One, with a $15,000 prize pool. Online play begins in early December and culminates in a live semi-finals and finals in Washington, DC, in late February 2020.
Additionally, Caps Gaming has signed leading NHL esports pro John “JohnWayne” Casagranda to join the organization as an official streamer. He will stream regularly on the Caps Gaming Twitch channel beginning in mid-November through the end of June.
“There’s an appetite for NHL esports,” Andrew McNeill, Monumental’s director of esports, told the Washington Post. “We’re excited to push the boundaries with Caps Gaming.”
Unlike the NBA – which has the competitive NBA 2K League – the NHL does not have a structured esports competition, with gaming activities left to individual teams. “I think it’s eventually going to happen where the NHL adopts a full-on league and every team is competing against one another for a large prize,” McNeill added. “We want to do our part to get it there.”
Technology and engineering services company Leidos has been announced as the presenting partner of Caps Gaming and will sponsor the Caps Gaming Showcase and have logo integration on all streams on the Caps Gaming Twitch channel.
Caps Gaming is Monumental’s second esports brand, along with the NBA 2K League’s Wizards District Gaming. The sports and entertainment company, founded by Ted Leonsis, also owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.