At a massively produced, expensive and high-profile event built around World of Tanks, the biggest cheer by some distance is heard during a showcase match for Wargaming’s promising newcomer, World of Warships. The whole audience watches with baited breath as a spread of torpedoes makes its way – slowly but inevitably – towards a rival destroyer. By the time they’ve noticed the incoming fire it’s too late. The entire port side of the vessel erupts in a sequence of explosions that render the ship incapacitated. It’s a sitting duck, and the audience applaud as the killing blow is landed, resulting in a dazzling fireworks display that’s matched only by the tactical play that produced it.