Watch 'raw' Quake Champions footage in a new gameplay video

Bethesda has given us two bits of Quake Champions news to chew on today: A two-minute "raw gameplay" trailer featuring id Software's esports manager John "ZeRo4" Hill cleaning house as the "transhuman punk" known as Anarki, and the announcement of an open qualifier for "the first major esports tournament for Quake Champions" that will be held at the upcoming Quakecon. 

Details about the qualifier won't be revealed until E3, but it will be for the Duel portion of the tournament and will be BYOC—that's "Bring your own computer." Players who want to take part will need to purchase a BYOC seat, which will go on sale at 8 pm ET on April 13 for $50, or on April 6 for $300 for the more limited "QuakeCon done Quick" access. General attendance, for those who just want to enjoy the show, remains free. 

As for the video, it offers "a sneak peek at raw gameplay, showcasing Anarki shredding Blood Covenant at insane speeds and making patently absurd shots." It is a very impressive display, and it definitely has the look of the real thing, which jibes with our own recent hands-on at PAX.   

The Quake Champions closed beta is set to kick off on April 6. If you haven't already signed up, you can do so at

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.