32 Pro Gamers Take the Stage in Rhythm Game Esports Tournament
BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2- beatmania IIDX!

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Konami Amusement Co., Ltd. is thrilled to announce 32 pro gamers have signed contracts to participate in the rhythm game esports tournament BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2- beatmania IIDX. The competition's eight team companies* selected 18 players at the draft held on Friday, April 8. Joining these players are 14 returning players from last season, for a combined total of 32 players, four to a team.

The BEMANI PRO LEAGUE, a new form of entertainment that fuses esports and music, was first held in 2021. In its second season this year, competition will take place across three titles. In addition to last season's "beatmania IIDX," players will also battle it out in "Dance Dance Revolution" and "SOUND VOLTEX." The opening match of the Regular Season for BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2- beatmania IIDX begins Wednesday, June 29 at 9 p.m., and will be livestreamed on the BEMANI PRO LEAGUE official YouTube channel.

With eight companies now participating this year, the competition has switched to a finals tournament format. In the Regular Stage, the eight teams will play a total of 28 matches in a round robin. The top six teams will then advance to the Quarter-Finals, where the bottom four of those teams will split into pairs and play one match against each other. The two winners will progress to the Semi-Finals, where they will face off against the top two teams from the Regular Stage. The two winners of this stage will then meet in the Final.

Tournament Format

Today, Wednesday, June 1, we also posted on the competition's website the complete livestream schedule for the Regular Stage of BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2- beatmania IIDX.

■Regular Stage Livestream Schedule
URL: https://p.eagate.573.jp/game/bpl/season2/2dx/schedule/index.html
Schedule is subject to change mid-season according to the latest COVID activity. Any changes will be posted once determinations have been made.

■Tournament Rules
URL:https://p.eagate.573.jp/game/bpl/season2/about/regulation.html

■BEMANI PRO LEAGUE official YouTube channel
URL:http://konami.jp/3nGpHaF

■BEMANI PRO LEAGUE official Twitter account
URL:https://twitter.com/BemaniProLeague

We hope you look forward to seeing these eight teams and 32 players in action in BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2- beatmania IIDX!

BEMANI PRO LEAGUE is yet another way that Konami Amusement will continue to offer new user experiences to a growing audience, creating titles that are fun and exciting for players and spectators alike.

※Corporate sponsors / teams
Kyowa Corporation / APINA VRAMeS
GENDA SEGA Entertainment Inc. / GiGO
Leisurelan Co., Ltd. / GAME PANIC
MATAHARI-ENTERTAINMENT Co., Ltd. / SILKHAT
YK CORPORATION / SUPER NOVA Tohoku
TAITO CORPORATION / TAITO STATION Tradz
ROUND ONE Corporation / ROUND1
YAMAZAKIYA Co., Ltd. / LEISURE LAND

[Team Rosters & Messages]

In large part thanks to the support of all our fans, APINA VRAMeS emerged as the inaugural champions in BEMANI PRO LEAGUE 2021. We would once again like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
For BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2-, victorious players UCCHIE, NIKE. and KENTAN will be joined by new player 46.
The team aims to leverage both its raw talent and its experience from last season to win back-to-back championships. We hope all our fans will continue to support us this season.

UCCHIE
NIKE.
KENTAN
46

We at Team GiGO are newcomers to BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2-.
As you might expect from a new team, we have a lineup of fresh-faced talent with lots of room to grow.
To put it simply, the team aims to knock the socks off all BEMANI fans with their skills.
We're gunning for the championship, and we hope we can count on your support.
Get into the Gaming Oasis!

CORIVE
NCHO72
CYBERX
LOOT

BPL team GAME PANIC are bringing back the same members from last year to BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2-.
Determined to bounce back from their fourth-place finish last season, this team has been fired up to practice ever harder and grow as players. They're counting on both stronger teamwork and leveraging their match experience from last year to carry them to the title.
They're itching for some intense matches! With their explosive performances, they're guaranteed to light up the stage like lightning in a storm.
We hope you'll be cheering them on.

MIKAMO
PEACE
54GAYA
#MA3#

Like last season's team, this year's SILK HAT boasts not only high-level playing skills and unique strong suits -- our players also have an overwhelming desire to both introduce "beatmania IIDX" to a wider audience and revel in the series with its longtime fans.
These four magicians will stop at nothing to pull magical miraculous illusions out of their mysterious silk hats! We hope you'll be rooting for them.

SEIRYU
EXIT
ANSA
KIDO.

We are Team SUPERNOVA Tohoku of YK Corporation, which operates six locations in Tohoku!
We managed to reach the Semi-Finals of BEMANI PRO LEAGUE 2021, but our SEASON 2 squad is a stronger, more balanced team capable of going all the way!
The team can't wait to tear it up in BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2, so we hope SUPERNOVA Tohoku can count on your support!

VELVET
WELLOW
8S.
FRIP

TAITO STATION Tradz is also joining the fray in BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2. Having drawn up a detailed battle plan with the help of certain advisors, our players have practiced their hearts out at many a TAITO STATION across the country. With their highly-tuned senses, iron will and your support, they'll tear through all obstacles on their way to the top of BEMANI PRO LEAGUE.

RIOO
PPJT
TATSU
NORI

We couldn't be more excited to be back for BEMANI PRO LEAGUE, the rhythm game esports competition!
United under their motto "One for All," ROUND1 is ready to fight, and is here to support BEMANI PRO LEAGUE in every way.
With new recruits reigniting their desire to win, expect big things from this reborn ROUND1 team and its upgraded firepower!
This year the title will be ours, and we hope you'll be cheering us on!

U*TAKA
KUREI
I6VV
MAKO-G

Last year, participating in BEMANI PRO LEAGUE with our pro athletes for the first time was a roller coaster ride of emotions.
We felt a strong urge to not only re-experience those emotions, but to reach the top, so we renewed the contracts of our last year players, and are more energized than ever going into BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2-.
The two new teams joining the competition are full of incredible competitors whose results grow ever more impressive.
We ask for your support, not just for Team Leisureland, but for BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2- as a whole.

1-PIN
DINASO
G*
U76NER
What is BEMANI?

BEMANI is the unified brand name for Konami Amusement's music games. The name comes from an abbreviation of beatmania, which was introduced in 1997, and it is used to refer to Konami Amusement's entire music game lineup.

What is BEMANI PRO LEAGUE?

BEMANI PRO LEAGUE is a new form of entertainment that fuses esports and music, brought to you by KONAMI. Each team will be comprised of professional players who will battle it out for overall victory for their team in league-style battles. In BEMANI PRO LEAGUE -SEASON 2-, the competition titles will consist of "beatmania IIDX," "SOUND VOLTEX" and "Dance Dance Revolution".

What is the beatmania IIDX series?

The beatmania IIDX games are a flagship BEMANI series that was introduced in 1999. In these DJ simulation games, players must press seven keys and spin a turntable to the beat. With their diverse track lists and deep gameplay, they offer an authentic disc jockey experience, and have garnered praise for over two decades.