Paradox Teams Up with University of York and Lancaster University for Roses Tournament 2013

NEW YORK — May 3, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, the publisher behind the medieval combat game, War of the Roses, will be in attendance at this year’s Roses Tournament at the University of York. The Roses Tournament, an annual competition between the University of York and Lancaster University, is inspired by the historical Wars of the Roses, and this year is adding the medieval combat game War of the Roses as an unofficial event.

Taking place tomorrow, May 4, Paradox will be on hand with York’s FragSoc gaming society, hosting a 24-on-24 series of battles, with students from York and Lancaster fighting for their respective houses in-game. The entire event will be streamed live on Paradox’s TwitchTV channel, beginning at 8 p.m. BST (9 p.m. CEST, 12 p.m. PDT) at

The Roses Tournament is in its 49th year, started in 1965 with a simple boat race, and has evolved into a highly anticipated and prestigious event involving dozens of different sports including cricket, tennis, equestrian events, sailing, and many more. War of the Roses marks the event’s first unofficial e-sport, and will challenge students to re-fight the original war that plunged their houses into conflict centuries ago. The battle will be presented with live commentary from John Rickne, Community Producer at Paradox, and Matt Hoving, Streaming Producer at Paradox.

Both will be on location in York to witness the simulated violence, and assess the bravery and teamwork of each side.

War of the Roses, Paradox’s historic squad-based combat title developed by Fatshark, is always on the lookout for further inspiration as it grows and evolves with new content. The game continues to add new authentic medieval weaponry, armor, and gear, including authentic edged weapons from the time period, quarterstaffs, and the booming voice of actor Brian Blessed. The game’s new “Kingmaker” edition was recently released as well, marking the addition of a new objective-based Assault Mode and a selection of new historically inspired maps.

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