FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18 th september, 2012 — Wargaming today announced the results of the International Ural Steel Championship 2012 Grand Finals, held on the 16th of September at CSKA Sport Arena in Moscow, where three Russian teams became the champions of the World of Tanks final showdown. After a number of intense clashes, The RED: Rush Unity team took the Champion's title away from The RED-Z GRA with a 3 to 0 victory on the Lakeville map, while third place went to Virtus.Pro ACES.
"Wargaming is planning on putting more and more effort in establishing World of Tanks as a truly global cyber-sport discipline," said Andrei Yarantsau, VP of Global Operations at Wargaming. "The competition at the Ural Steel Championship 2012 only encourages us to continue to bring together professional gamers as well as work harder to expand our fan base among the eSports community."
The tournament took place in group stages and playoffs, with each team fielding seven tankmen in best-of-five matches played over six maps. The quarter-finals and semi-finals were played on the Himmelsdorf and Steppes maps, respectively, and resulted in two teams vying for the championship, complete with sizable cash prizes.
The 5,000-seat CSKA Sport Arena played host to the 15 top teams of tankers from Russia, the European Union, North America, China, and Japan, each competing for a $77,000 prize purse and a chance to win the coveted title of World of Tanks World Champions 2012.
The Ural Steel Championship is a large-scale international tournament held within World of Tanks and dedicated to providing gamers with the opportunity to come together, have fun and celebrate their passion for the game and professional eSports.
About World of Tanks
World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 150 armored vehicles from America, Germany, the Soviet Union, and France, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
A flexible system of authentic vehicle upgrades and development allows you to try any of the vehicles and weapons in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and maneuverable light tanks, make deep breaches in enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the force of giant tanks to eliminate opposing armored forces, or become a heavy sniper with long-range howitzers, each unit type has its own advantages and can be extremely effective when operated by a true tank ace.
But being a great tank commander alone isn't enough to win! In World of Tanks, it's all about teamwork. Victory is achieved by combining your combat skills with those of the other members of your team, each playing their own role on the battlefield. Just add your favorite strategy to build your own steel empire and manifest the indisputable authority of the tank power!
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Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 1000 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 30 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs for 2012, and the naval World of Warships, scheduled for release in 2013.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of a battle-centric gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal - www.wargaming.net.
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