Elo Hell is choice-based, episodic, narrative sitcom game about a person trying to go pro in today's esports industry. Put on your tryhard pants, because things are about to get interesting.
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Aug 8, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Elo Hell is not a project that can be done alone. This is a community effort. Esports are not just our passion, they're yours. We want to include the community in as much of our development as we possibly can so this game can be as good as possible. Our mantra, drawn from Blizzard Games, is to "release when it's ready." That's why Elo Hell has been in development for ~3 years already.

We've developed a proprietary production schedule that we will be testing to ensure we can meet our episode release schedule. We'll be tweaking that over Early Access for optimum and stable episode creation.

We also need people to help us balance Echo Star. To make an accessible, but complex game, we need a wide berth of gamers, from the cardboard to challenger tiers, to help us make Echo Star the perfect experience.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Approximately one year. We are aiming for July 2019 to be our release month for the full game, but due to the nature of making games, that could get pushed back.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Elo Hell Additions
-1 episode released per month
-Story -> Echo Star crossover features, such as potential voice/text chat with your NPC friends

Echo Star Feature Additions
-Lansorian race
-Singleplayer AI
-Multiple Maps
-Tilt mechanics
-Ranked System

Disclaimer: Features may change from what we have listed here. These are just our initial goals.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Elo Hell:
-Prologue Episode

Echo Star:
-Human race done
-Online Multiplayer
-One map
-Basic partner AI

We know this iteration of Elo Hell is light on story content. We apologize for that in advance. There will be ~3 episodes that come out during Early Access, with the first new one coming in Oct/Nov. We honestly don't want to spoil too much story during EA, but also want to give you new content during the year we're in it.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“There will be no sales during Early Access. The game will increase in price over the course of Early Access and launch at a minimum of $30.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Forums: http://www.elohellgame.com/forum-1
Discord: https://discord.gg/D2thE8P

We heavily encourage all users to participate in improving the game. This mostly applies to Echo Star right now, but as we release more test episodes of Elo Hell, we'll need your input there too. We don't want our episodes to come across as "those hip people trying to pretend they know what gaming is about."

Our Discord channel is the best place to communicate with us. It's our development Discord, so our entire team is located there. We want to be as open as possible with everyone and we hope this Discord is our way of putting our best foot forward with the community to show that we will be listening and involving you.”
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March 20

Con Season 2019 & Updates

Elo Hell is on tour! Come check us out at these three upcoming conventions to see our premiere first episode in action. And yes, that is TwitchCon BERLIN! We're coming for you, Germany!

Episode 1: Butts in Chairs is a goofy episode about chair culture in esports with multiple minigames and potential endings. It will go live on Early Access PAX East weekend!


Episode 2: An Otter Day an Otter Dollar is near completion! The gang goes to the fair and fun games, rides, shenanigans, and surprises are in store for them along the way.

This episode is very nearly complete and will only see a short release into Early Access before being pulled to get ready for our real launch this summer. If you're interested in trying it, stay tuned to these newsletters to get more info.


We've been hard at work on Echo Star and part of that work has been practicing our skills in machine learning. We've currently made an Asteroids game as well as Tetris. We'll be posting videos about how that goes to our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube!
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Current Content

Story Content:

  • "Echo Star Midnight Launch" prologue episode of Elo Hell.

Echo Star Content:
  • Echo Star's version 0.8 gameplay experience
  • Human Race
  • Online Multiplayer
  • One Map
  • Basic Partner AI

Major Content Roadmap

Story Content:

  • Updated Prologue Sitcom SFX - September 2018
  • Updated Prologue to Echo Star transition - Q4 2018
  • Name a More Iconic Duo - October/November 2018
  • TBA Episode #2 - Q1 2019
  • TBA Episode #3 - Spring 2019
  • Swear Filter - Q1 2019

Echo Star Content:
  • Player feedback integration - Fall 2018 - Ongoing
  • Micro AI Polish - Ongoing
  • Tilt Mechanics - October 2018
  • Ranked System - Q1 2019
  • Singleplayer AI - Q1 2019
  • Map #2 - Q1 2019
  • Lansorian Race - Spring 2019

About This Game

Are you ready to escape Elo Hell? With help from as much of the esports industry as we could get our hands on, we've made this love-letter to esports culture and how far it's come since the early days. Join us on an adventure through the eyes of Chance Betzinger, as he makes his journey from average to professional gamer, in the world's FIRST choice-based, episodic, narrative sitcom game!

This light-hearted, but mature "coming of age" comedy puts you in the shoes of Chance Betzinger as he lives his life, beginning as a senior in high school. Slowly he'll discover his skill as a potential professional gamer as he grinds through the hit new game, Echo Star. In the meantime, he'll go on adventures, make tough choices, and just hang out with his friends.

Episode Titles:
June: Echo Star Midnight Launch
July: Name a More Iconic Duo
August - June: TBA

Echo Star is a deconstructed esports experience. We’ve separated macro and micro gameplay for a more simplified, slower-paced strategy experience. Take your time constructing your gameplan and base, learn to cooperate with (or tilt/get titled by) a simulated partner, then go into 1 minute bouts of intense combat. Continue until one side is destroyed or you have completed the objectives.

Echo Star is an introductory experience into the esports mindset. You'll learn high strategy and micro skill without stress. The narrative gameplay simulates the grind of climbing through the ranks of an esports title, without requiring you commit your entire life to it. But, that doesn’t mean Echo Star is easy. You will have to think about the moves you make and the strategies you employ, or you will fail.

Since Elo Hell is a one-of-a-kind game, Echo Star will never be supported as a real esport title. We want to build the esports ecosystem, not divide it. However, Echo Star will have a ranked system in place for those of you looking to flex your competitive spirit; purely for fun, and to give you something to do between episodes. We'll have some unique features for that coming in the future.

This is the true esports experience, told by a team of passionate gamers within the community. To make this a truly inclusive "by the esports community, for the esports community" game, we've also brought in talent from the community, such as Nicki Taylor, Kiandymundi, and Falconshield. We're forming real esports partnerships with teams, so you can be a part of your favorite real team in the story. We're consulting and interviewing pro players, streamers, cosplayers, behind the scenes professionals, and others from the industry, to get their stories and make them part of Elo Hell’s world.

But behind it all, we understand what the esports community is at its core - a magical and frustrating mix of fun, competition, friendship, seriousness, and a dash of salt. This culture is passionate and diehard, but it doesn't take itself quite as seriously as traditional sports. Echo Star is epic and exciting, but the world of Elo Hell is rooted in comedy, friendship, and a "coming of age" story of a kid following this crazy path in life that so many of us have dreamed of.

But don't expect this to be your run of the mill story game. We'll be throwing a few curveballs to keep you on your toes. Hey - if it were easy all the time, we would have called it Elo Heaven.

Start climbing, scrubs! GLHF ;)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: Intel 4 core
    • Graphics: GTX 900 Series
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics cards will not work. Most normal graphics cards should, to varying degrees. We have not optimized the game heavily, yet, or tested many hardware options. YMMV. Use the refund tool if the game doesn't work for you.

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