Colchester gaming centre Xtreme Gaming will be hosting a new series of Street Fighter V tournaments.
The SFV Extreme Series - presented by PC gaming hardware brand ZOWIE by BenQ, and hosted by BanKs Esports - will take place over the next few months.
Four separate one-day tournaments will feature a first-place prize of £500 and a Zowie RL2460 monitor, a second-place prize of £250 and a third-place prize of £100.
Each tournament will be a 64-player one-day event, and free for anyone to enter.
All games will be played live at Xtreme Gaming and some will be streamed.
The two finalists in each event will also earn themselves an all-expenses-paid trip to the regional final, where they will battle it out for a place at the World final in Taiwan.
"This is a chance to create something beautiful for the players and community, but also brings a new style to the events from a stream and production standpoint."
James Banks told Esports News UK: "The ZOWIE fighter series was a fantastic idea to really support the community and players around the world.
"Some of the qualifiers have already happened, and when ZOWIE - who I have had a relationship with since 2009 - got in contact with the idea I couldn't say no!
"Despite focusing most of my esports career in games like CSGO and StarCraft, back in 2008 I actually competed and finished in Virtua Fighter 5, so it is great to get involved again.
"To me, this is a chance to create something beautiful for the players and community, but also brings a new style to the events from a stream and production standpoint.
"Since the announcement the Street Fighter community has been so supportive of the events and I really can't wait to meet everyone!"
— James Banks (@BanKsEsports) March 10, 2017