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Dec 29, 2021
Lightning to Host 4th Annual ‘Bolts Chel Challenge’ NHL 22 Tournament

This year's event features a $6,000 prize for 1st place; Finals will take place live at Full Sail University on February 12

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be hosting the "2022 Bolts Chel Challenge" with qualifying matches kicking off on January 8, 2022. The final four participants will face off in front of a live audience at The Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida on February 12, 2022 with 1st place taking home $6,000.

Participants will compete in NHL 22 on Xbox Series S|X (US and Canada) and Playstation 4 (Sweden and Finland) in a 1-on-1 format with the online qualifying being a double elimination bracket moderated by official tournament organizer, League Gaming.

There will be 4 qualifying tournaments for North American players taking place on the following dates: January 8-9, January 15-16, January 22-23, and January 29-30, and an online North American semi-final on February 3 to get the final 2 players from the North American Region. Sweden and Finland will have one tournament that will take place on January 15-16 to get 2 finalists from the European Region. The final four participants will go to The Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress for a final showdown on February 12 with the action streamed LIVE on twitch.tv/LightningNHL. The Finals Event will feature live best-of-three matches.

The stream commentary will come from Rare Drop, the Official Content Partners of Bolts Gaming.

Bolts Chel Challenge North American registrations open on December 29, 2022 at 5PM ET. You can register by visiting TampaBayLightning.com/ChelChallenge. Participants must be 16 years of age or older and from a qualifying country to be eligible. Sweden and Finland registrations will open at a later date in early January. Due to the unknown future effects of the COVID-19 global health crisis and any related impacts, the Lightning will continue to monitor all factors and reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify the timing and/or format of the Finals Event, including but not limited to postponing the Finals Event or holding the Finals Event in a virtual format.

Fans are encouraged to follow the action and join the Bolts Gaming community via Twitter (https://twitter.com/boltsgaming).

About Leaguegaming:

Established in 2003, Leaguegaming has been an industry leader in esports and online gaming for nearly two decades. Focused on innovation, software development and a wealth of experience, Leaguegaming has been the premier and trusted choice by our NHL Team partners to develop and produce their esports events. Leaguegaming is proud to work with the Tampa Bay Lightning and their partners and continue to grow the esports space and create an inclusive and welcoming space for gamers all around North America.

About Rare Drop:

Rare Drop is a multi-faceted company with expertise in media, marketing, merchandising, branding, design, entertainment and events. Since we broke into the market in 2016, we’ve grown into a brand that is dedicated to delivering quality experiences.

About Full Sail University:

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts and technology. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has received accolades throughout its over 40-year history, including most recently being featured on the 2021 “Top 50 Film Schools and Instructors From Around the World” list by Variety Magazine, named a 2021 “Top Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, recognized as a 2021 “Top Music School” by InTune Monthly, and recognized as the 2019 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges.

Full Sail University is a graduate and undergraduate degree-granting institution offering on-campus and online degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, Sports, and Technology. With over 80,230+ graduates worldwide, Full Sail alumni have worked on countless award-winning projects with individual recognition including OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award honors.


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