Detroit Sports Commission to Provide Additional $5,000 to Motor City Madness Esports Championship Cash Prize

08 Feb / 2018
16 online NBA 2K18 tournaments scheduled from Feb. 20-25. Each tournament winner advances to live championship event at Little Caesars Arena on March 1. Top-four finishers will compete for $10,000 in prizes.

DETROIT – Following an announcement regarding the formulation of the Motor City Madness Esports Championship, the Horizon League and 313 Presents on Thursday announced that the Detroit Sports Commission will provide an additional $5,000 in cash prizes. The top-four finishers in the championship event at Little Caesars Arena on March 1 will now compete for $10,000.

Online tournaments will be played from February 20-25 on the GamerSaloon tournament platform. During the weekend of February 24-25, 12 tournaments will be played, 11 of which will be on the Xbox One system. The remaining four tournaments will take place from February 20-21 and will be split between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems. Each tournament winner will advance to a live championship event at Little Caesars Arena on March 1, the eve of the 2018 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship (March 2-6). Along with competing for $10,000 in cash prizes, each championship event participant will receive a one-night hotel stay.

“Esports is a rapidly growing segment in our industry and it is a priority of ours,” said Kris Smith, director of the Detroit Sports Commission. “The opportunity to support the Horizon League and 313 Presents helps further our efforts of attracting more esports events to this region.”

Participants for all 16 tournaments will register online with an entry fee of $25. To register, visit The registration fee also includes a one-day general admission ticket Motor City Madness, valued at $15 for the general public. 

Spectator tickets for the championship event will cost just $10 per person, which also includes entry to all four basketball games on Friday, March 2, the opening day of the Horizon League Championship.

Tickets for the 2018 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship can be purchased at, the Little Caesars Arena Box Office, the Little Caesars Arena Ticket Sales and Service Office (313-471-7575), or by calling or visiting their favorite school’s box office.

Ticket prices for Motor City Madness, which will take place March 2-6, begin at $15 per day and will feature all 20 Horizon League teams competing in 18 games over a five-day span. The tournament will culminate with a pair of championship games on Tuesday, March 6 with automatic berths to the NCAA Basketball Tournament at stake. Tickets purchased for each day are valid for all games on that day.

About the Detroit Sports Commission

The mission of the Detroit Sports Commission is to enhance the local economy and image of metro Detroit by attracting and hosting amateur, international and professional sporting events. The DSC is a not-for-profit charitable organization, IRS 501 (C) (3), and a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB). For more information, visit

About the Horizon League

The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference comprised of 10 member institutions located throughout the Midwest’s major metropolitan cities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the League and its members strive to be highly competitive athletically while committing to the total development of its student-athletes and creating a lasting impact on campus and in the community. For more information, visit

About 313 Presents

Headquartered in the heart of The District Detroit, 313 Presents is a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports & Entertainment, offering fans, artists, booking agents and touring attractions an unmatched platform of premier entertainment destinations. 313 Presents is responsible for delivering unforgettable fan experiences via best in class booking, production, accounting, marketing and public relations services for world-class entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions at Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. 313 Presents also manages booking, marketing and production of events for City Theatre.