Louisville, Kentucky, has been tapped as the location for the first-ever world video game championships. The events will take place June 15-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. And this will mark a new evolution in the area of professional video gaming. This event is produced by Games Media Properties, and sponsors Intel and Microsoft will help add to the $1 million in cash and prizes up for grabs.
“Video games are the entertainment of choice for millions of people worldwide and competition and achievement are of paramount importance to gamers,” said Matthew Ringel, President and CEO, Games Media Properties. “In bringing together some of the most well-known tournaments, the best gamers and unprecedented media exposure, the World Series of Video Games will help promote a new class of champions, and bring the excitement of gaming competitions to a wider audience.”
Professional gaming has come a long way. Even though many game journalist still don’t respect pro gaming and only see it as a fad, others are putting their money down on it being the next big thing. Just as with BMX biking, Snow Boarding, and Skateboarding, pro video gaming will have to fight to earn its respect. And expect companies such as Major League Gaming and their roster of pro gamers to make a strong showing.
The event will be the first in a series of competitions designed to establish a world champion in PC and Xbox game titles. The event in Louisville will feature 150,000 square feet of tournaments, consumer-electronics exhibitions, concerts and other attractions. It will be open to the public.
Other planned events will include “Bring Your Own Computer” and a “Bring Your Own Xbox” events. The video game Olympics will coincide with DreamHack, the world’s largest LAN party, to be held in Jonkoping, Sweden. American and European teams will face off will attempt to set a world record for the biggest LAN party ever held. Just think of all the crashing servers and all the lag time on Halo 2.
Additional details for this event and the dates and locations of the remaining circuit events, including the finals, will be announced soon. Additional details for this event and the dates and locations of the remaining circuit events, including the finals, will be announced soon. Information is available at The World Series of Video Games site.
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