RAGNAROK ONLINE THROWS DOWN FOR ANNUAL PVP CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Marina del Rey, California -June 19, 2012 - Gravity Interactive, a publisher of exciting massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), announced today the start of the annual player versus player tournament for their wildly popular anchor title, Ragnarok Online. Matches begin Saturday, June 23 rd at 11 am Pacific, and will be broadcast live on the Ragnarok Online Twitch.tv channel at http://twitch.tv/warpportal.  Players can register their teams now on the official registration page and prepare for a grueling tournament of champions.   Full details of the competition, including a massive list of potential prizes, can be found in the announcement on the Ragnarok Online portal at http://www.playragnarok.com/news/eventdetail.aspx?id=179

"We’re changing the rules a little this year, to structure the competition the same way it’s held worldwide – and that includes adding some sweet cash prizes," said Jason Heimdallr Koerperich, Ragnarok Online Producer at Gravity Interactive. "This tournament is also the first time we’re permitting third class characters to join in, meaning the competition just went up a whole new level because these are powerful characters!"

“Let’s get ready to ruuuuuuuumbleeeeeee.”  The United States Ragnarok Championship (USRC) is about to begin.  Teams of 7 will be able to brawl in last-man-standing PVP arenas.  Regular tournament play will require a team to win 2 out of 3 matches to advance.  Title matches, to determine 1 stthrough 4 th, will be a best of 5.  Matches will last for a maximum of seven minutes: after that, whichever team has the most characters standing will be declared winners to break the stalemate. 

During the tournament, some skills will be restricted, including select abilities from the Shadow Chaser, Geneticist, and Sorcerer.  Players will also be limited to 167 skill points total, so players will need to be creative in their character builds.  Prior to battles, equipment can be purchased from vendors to ensure top quality gear is available to all to ensure a fair playing field.

The big draw for this year’s USRC is the amazing Cash prizes!  The tournament champions will win $1050 USD for our Champions, while the runner up team receives $595.  Third place goes home with a respectable $350; for a total prize pool of $2000 USD!  Spectators aren’t being left out of the tournament, either: sharing the Ragnarok Online’s Facebook posts, or tweeting with the hashtag #USCR2012 will enter fans into a raffle drawing for additional cash prizes.

The delicate seals that protect the world from spilling into complete chaos weaken and break, and only the knowledge and power from the age of myth can save Midgard from certain doom.  Can you and your allies push back the threat of total annihilation and protect Midgard from the final Ragnarok?  Join now at  Play Ragnarok Online, or follow the official Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/playragnarok

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About Ragnarok Online

Ragnarok Online is a fast-paced, 3 rd person fantasy MMORPG, where friends can make parties, groups can make guilds, and the powerful can battle for top spots in weekly Guild vs. Guild battle to gain supremely powerful items of the Gods. 

Combine hundreds of options to optimize your equipment and appearance, along with fully customizable stats and skills to make your adventurer truly unique! With dozens of classes, you can find the one that fits your play style, band together in parties to fight powerful MVP bosses for unique gear or hunt monsters for cards to get unique and customizable effects for your equipment.

Sell these newly acquired items or player-created ones, including potions and weapons, to your fellow adventurers in a fully player-driven economy.  Take pets out for a walk through the hundreds of areas from lush forests to creepy ruins or even through the bottom of the ocean!  Quest to hunt the deadliest of creatures, to learn about the lore and history of Midgard, or find a way to journey to new locations that become available with Ragnarok's regular update schedule.

About  Gravity Interactive, Inc.

Headquartered in Marina Del Rey (California, U.S.A.),  Gravity Interactive, Inc.  was established in March 2003 and is the U.S. subsidiary of  Gravity Co.  Ltd. (South Korea, Nasdaq GM: GRVY).  Gravity Interactive, Inc. is a world-renowned leader in online game publishing and operates Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) for the North American casual and hardcore gaming markets.  The company's flagship title,  Ragnarok Online, has over three (3) million North American subscribers (about 50 million subscribers worldwide) and has been joined by other titles  Dragon Saga, Requiem: Memento Mori, and ROSE Online.  More information can be found at  www.warpportal.com

 


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