Gamers already competing against players worldwide with Virgin Gaming now have a new way to challenge competitors as Virgin Gaming and Microsoft Corp. team up to launch Xbox Tournaments on Xbox LIVE.Â This exclusive entertainment application, powered by Virgin Gaming, launches today and allows Xbox LIVE Gold members to seamlessly browse, enter, play in and track tournaments for their favorite games directly from the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network.Â Gamers can register an account online and download the app from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
â€śCompetitive online gaming is increasingly becoming an important component of the video games industry, and the Xbox Tournaments app allows us to bring engaging tournaments to a large and lively community,â€ť said Billy Levy, president and co-founder of Virgin Gaming. Â â€śThe new app on Xbox LIVE delivers unparalleled accessibility for gamers to compete in their favorite games like never before.â€ť
The Xbox Tournaments app makes its debut in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom with launch titles that include EA SPORTSâ„˘ Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13, NHLÂ® 13 and NBA2K13.Â Additional territories, titles and features will be added in the coming months, but at launch, players will be able to compete in three-round, free-entry tournaments designed for gamers of all skill levels. Â They will also have the opportunity to participate in free head-to-head challenges to hone their skills for upcoming cash-play. To celebrate the launch of the app, Virgin Gaming is hosting a $100,000 tournament and leaderboard challenge between April 9 and May 6, 2013. Â During that time, all players that participate in and win all three tournament rounds or that climb the ranks of the leaderboard will win a portion of the cash prize pool.
â€śVirgin Gaming is a proven leader when it comes to online video game competitions, and we believe Xbox Tournaments will deliver a wide variety of competitive and casual tournament options that will add an exciting new dimension to game play,â€ť said Matthew Bencke, general manager Xbox LIVE, Microsoft. Â â€śFrom the beginning, weâ€™ve wanted to create amazing and accessible gaming experiences for our members and Xbox Tournaments give our customers a new way to play.â€ť
Virgin Gaming offers numerous proprietary features; including in-game reporting of match results, a skill ranking system, secure payment facilities, and strong customer support, making it the platform of choice for competitive gamers. Â With a community of more than two million gamers and top partners, Virgin Gaming offers a strong network for sponsors, such as NOSÂ® Energy Drink, Ford, Kia and Dr Pepper, looking to reach the coveted gamer audience.