NVIDIA Announces Global "World of Tanks" Open Tournament

NVIDIA Announces Global "World of Tanks" Open Tournament 
Regional Champions From Four Corners of the Globe to Be Flown in for
Grand Finals Event With $100,000 Prize Pool 
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/21/13 --  NVIDIA today
announced the first ever GeForce eSports World of Tanks Open
Tournament(1), where combatants will compete to win NVIDIA(R)
GeForce(R) GTX 600-series graphics cards and a shot at a $100,000
total prize pool awarded at a spectacular grand finals event.
Preregistration is open today with team and player registration open
starting March 28th for two weeks.  
"World of Tanks really strikes a chord with players looking for that
ultimate competitive gaming experience, thanks to its team-based
gameplay and strategic action," said Kevin Van Ness, Head of
Community at Wargaming in North America. "We're looking forward to
combining our world-class community with the world-class expertise of
NVIDIA for this exciting event." 
World of Tanks is a team-based, massively multiplayer online game
dedicated to armored warfare in the mid-20th century. With more than
55 million registered users worldwide,(2) World of Tanks is a
fast-paced PC shooter game with in-depth weaponry, economics and
robust eSports tools such as spectator mode and replay file support.
In January, the game set a new Guinness World Record for the most
players online simultaneously when the Russian MMO server reached
190,541 players.  
"GeForce users love eSports and World of Tanks is an easy and fun
game to learn, yet incredibly deep and graphically exciting," said
James Grunke, manager of the GeForce eSports program at NVIDIA. "This
free tournament and all the great video-on-demand and streaming
coverage we've got planned are our way of providing a really fun and
rewarding experience for our best customers."  
There are five regions of eligible participation: China, APAC(3), the
Americas, Europe and Russia. The five regional finalists will receive
an all-expenses-paid trip to the Grand Finals, at a location and time
to be named later.  
All tournament matches are seven-person teams playing best of three
game matches. There will be at least four weeks of guaranteed group
play, with the top players from each group moving on to the
double-elimination championship brackets. 
In addition, World of Tanks community favorites, David "Nagatron"
Williams and James "Relics" Starr, will be shoutcasting the battles
in English for VoD and in real time with live broadcasts streamed on
Geforce.com and Twitch TV.  
"I can't wait for this tournament to begin," said Williams. "With
this $100K prize pool on the line and the GeForce GTX Cup and GeForce
Green Jacket for bragging rights, the top players will be battling it
out to win it all. It's going to be big!" 
Localized shoutcasting content will be available on GeForce.com sites
around the world. World-class tournament features such as match
setting, leader boards and blogging are being provided by tournament
management veterans, Cevo.  
"I am delighted to cast this tournament for NVIDIA," said Starr.
"World of Tanks is a fantastic experience for competitive gaming, and
this GeForce eSports tournament will help establish World of Tanks as
a prominent professional platform." 
Official GeForce eSports World of Tanks Open Tournament rules and
regulations will be available starting March 28th at
http://esports.geforce.com. The tournament is free to enter and
international players can register and compete where allowed by law.  
About GeForce eSports
 GeForce eSports, operated by NVIDIA, is the
premier Pro/Am PC gaming program dedicated to celebrating and growing
the eSports community. From StarCraft 2, Call of Duty Black Ops II
and now including the epic World of Tanks, GeForce eSports hosts the
biggest titles in PC gaming. Preferred by top professional gamers
globally, GeForce GTX GPU-based graphics cards turn the PC into the
world's most powerful gaming platform.  
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 300 armored vehicles from United States, Germany,
the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain and China, carefully detailed
with historical accuracy. To join World of Tanks, please visit: 

--  http://wot.kongzhong.com/quickreg/zhuce.html (China)
--  http://worldoftanks.eu/registration/ (Europe)
--  http://worldoftanks.kr (Korea)
--  http://worldoftanks.com/registration/ (North America)
--  https://worldoftanks.ru/registration/ru/ (Russia)
--  http://worldoftanks-sea.com/ (Southeast Asia)

 Since 1993, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) has pioneered the art
and science of visual computing. The company's technologies are
transforming a world of displays into a world of interactive
discovery -- for everyone from gamers to scientists, and consumers to
enterprise customers. More information at
http://nvidianews.nvidia.com and http://blogs.nvidia.com. 
(1) The GeForce eSports World of Tanks tournament is not affiliated
with the Wargaming World of Tanks Championship Series and is a
separate event. 
 (2) According to World of Tanks publisher,
 (3) APAC includes the following territories: Taiwan,
Korea, Australia and Singapore.  
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Bryan Del Rizzo
Senior PR Manager
NVIDIA Corporation
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