Roland-Garros eSeries 2023: The eTennis competition returns on February 23 with Tennis Clash

BNP Paribas returns as main partner for the event for the sixth year in a row.

The Roland-Garros eSeries 2023 by BNP Paribas, the world’s largest and most inclusive eTennis tournament, has announced the details for the sixth edition of its annual esports championship. The Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT) is organizing the tournament, which will see eight finalists advance from four separate qualifying events to meet in a Grand Final at Roland Garros on Saturday, May 26, 2023, to be declared the eTennis world champion.

Back for its sixth year, the tournament will once again be held on the world’s most popular mobile tennis game, Tennis Clash, from Wildlife Studios, following a switch to the mobile esports format in 2022. The mobile game has more than 120m downloads and last year, more than 238,000 people from 207 territories across the world participated in the eTennis tournament organized by FFT.

“We are thrilled to announce the details of our 2023 competition alongside FFT. Continuing our last year’s successful partnership, we have created an even more exciting and engaging experience for our players,” Dotan Arad, General Manager of Tennis Clash. “By being part of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas, we are committed to providing our players with the best content and experiences, offering them the chance to compete at Roland-Garros, a dream come true for any tennis fan worldwide.”  he added.

8 finalists will get a chance to compete at Roland-Garros eSeries 2023 in the Grand Final

Eight finalists will compete in this year’s event’s Grand Final on Friday, May 26 at Roland-Garros venue, with qualifiers competing for a piece of the €5K prize pool. Players from various qualifying events will be given seven of the eight spots in the final. William Foster, who won the 2022 Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas competition and the 2023 Australian Open Tennis Clash virtual tournament, will receive the eighth qualifying spot in the meanwhile. Here is the full breakdown of how the eight finalist spots will been determined is as follows:

  • 1 slot for the 2023 Australian Open Tennis Clash winner William Foster
  • 4 slots for the three open qualifiers, Open Qualifier #1 (winner) February 23 to 27, Open Qualifier #2 (winner) March 23 to 27 and Open Qualifier #3 (winner and runner-up) April 20 to 24
  • 1 slot for the Women in Games closed qualifier
  • 1 slot for the Handigamers closed qualifier
  • 1 slot for the “Twitch Community Clash” closed qualifier

The eight finalists will also get the chance to attend an esports workshop thanks to FFT before to the Grand Final, ensuring that each player is ready to deliver their best effort on matchday. As FFT is dedicated to ensuring that gaming is accessible to all people, it is proud to be one of the few organisations that supports more representation in the competitive environment at all levels.

BNP Paribas returns as the main partner of Roland-Garros eSeries

In 2023, Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas will continue its partnership with Women in Games, an organization dedicated to improving the gaming experience for women, and launch a new partnership with Handigamers, a French organization that facilitates access to video games for those with limited mobility. Before the Grand Final, the winners of these two organizations’ closed qualifying competitions will participate in a one-month remote training programme run by the French esports organization Team MCES.

Tennis Clash official Roland-Garros mobile game
Image via Wildlife Studios

For the sixth and second years in a row, respectively, FFT will once more welcome back BNP Paribas as the presenting partner and Renault as the official partner of the event in 2023. Their ongoing support has enhanced eTennis as a sport and increased the number of top-tier eTennis competitions held all over the world.

Any members of the public interested in signing up for free to one of the Open Qualifier events can do so via their smartphone or tablet device via the Tennis Clash app, giving many players across the world the opportunity to compete in the event. 

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