DRAFT – Leading video games retailer GAME today revealed they are teaming up with revolutionary gaming technology provider Razer and global games service provider Multiplay to launch a Starcraft II tournament for UK gamers. The Farewell to Wings of Liberty tournament is a chance for gamers to say goodbye to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in style ahead of the launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
UK gamers who fancy testing their StarCraft skills can sign up for one of 512 places from today until the 24 th of February on http://binarybeast.com/xSC21302072. Two weeks of intense online competition will follow, with three nights of tournament knockout action whittling the field down to two finalists. The finals will take place in London on the 11 th of March at London Barcraft’s Heart of the Swarm launch event. The final battle will be played out on the night in front of a live crowd before celebrating the launch of Heart of The Swarm with the UK StarCraft community watching Blizzard’s official live stream!
The two finalists and top placing players will walk away with prizes ranging from Razer’s officially-licensed StarCraft II: Heart of The Swarm range, GAME reward points and more, with additional spot prizes available for both Sportsmanship and Plays of the Tournament.
For a blow-by-blow account of the action, fans and spectators can follow the action on GAME’s Facebook and Twitter accounts with the hashtag of #GAMESC2Swarm at https://www.facebook.com/GAMEstore and https://twitter.com/GAMEdigital. Each week will have live video content commentated and streamed on GAME’s new Twitch TV channel, and video highlights will also be available on GAME’s YouTube channel at http://www.twitch.tv/gamedigital and http://www.youtube.com/game respectively. The hosts for live coverage will be popular UK Starcraft casters Adam “Madals” Simmons and Robert “Pughy” Pugh, both bringing their many hundreds of hours of Starcraft 2 commentating experience to the occasion to add extra insight and excitement to the proceedings.
Anna-Marie Mason, Director of Marketing, Game Retail Ltd, said:
“Our community events program has rocketed out of the gates already in 2013, bringing gamers all around the UK exclusive and unique chances to get closer to the games they love. Whether in a friendly or fearsome spirit, competition is part of gaming DNA - and we’re excited to be teaming up with Multiplay and Razer to give the UK StarCraft and gaming communities an opportunity to test their skills and to support E-Sports in the UK.”
Craig Fletcher, Managing Director, Multiplay added:
“We are very excited to be able to work together with GAME to bring the community one final Wings of Liberty tournament. We have close ties with the UK Starcraft community and believe that this competition will be a great send-off for the current edition of the game, while we welcome the brand new Heart of the Swarm expansion into the community!”
Nick Haywood, Head of Marketing, Razer UK added:
“Razer is delighted support the GAME StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty tournament. Razer peripherals are the first choice for gamers of all abilities and our Starcraft II products are designed to give all players that crucial edge in competitive play. With the precision of the Razer Spectre StarCraft II mouse, the elevated keys on the Razer Marauder StarCraft II gaming keyboard and the amazing sound quality of the Razer Banshee StarCraft II headset, players can take on Terran, Zerg or Protoss armies confident that they have the very best Razer technology at their fingertips.”
To find out more about this and other events that are happening throughout the year, please visit www.game.co.uk/events.
StarCraft II: Heart of The Swarm is available for pre-order at GAME in Standard and Collector’s Editions both in-store and online through the following link - http://bit.ly/YDH9a9
To learn more about StarCraft II and Heart of the Swarm, visit the official website at www.StarCraft2.com. To set up a Battle.net account and to opt-in to Blizzard Entertainment beta tests, please visit the official Battle.net website at www.battle.net.
For further information please contact:
GAME Team at MHP Communications
T: 0203 128 8100 E: GAMEteam@mhpc.com
Craig Ting, GAME
T: 07872 815511 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
GAME Retail Ltd. is the UK’s leading high-street videogames retailer. Formed in April 2012, GAME is committed to delivering for the gaming communities of the UK online, in-store, on mobile and through their app. With a market-leading reward proposition, incredible exclusive content and great deals, GAME is the number one destination for all gaming needs. For more information, please visit www.game.co.uk.
Multiplay (UK) Ltd is a UK based family company which was incorporated in May 1997 by Craig Fletcher. They have been running gaming events for over a decade. They have achieved mass exposure as the producers of the UK’s largest Games Festival - Insomnia and as the Events Producer behind Minecon - the Minecraft convention held in Disneyland Paris. Multiplay is also known as a worldwide Games Service Provider. Their servers host players from 195 different countries and hold a PCU (Peak Concurrent Users) of over 25,000.
Razer ™ is the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems. Founded in 1998, with its headquarters in Carlsbad, California, the company has offices in nine cities around the globe. Used by the most demanding professional gamers who compete in global tournaments, Razer provides gamers with the unfair advantage of cutting-edge technology and award-winning design. We live by our motto: For Gamers. By Gamers.™