ArenaNet, developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, today announced that gamescom 2014 will be the site of the first Guild Wars 2 International All-Stars Tournament pitting players versus players from North America, Europe and China. The PvP tournament marks the game’s first truly global competition by inviting players from China, where ArenaNet and Chinese game publisher KongZhong launched the game this past May.
ArenaNet is partnering with Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, to put on this year’s International All-Stars Tournament at gamescom, taking place August 14-17 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. There will be daily matches featured on the show floor at the Twitch booth and live streamed through both the Twitch main channel at twitch.tv and the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel at twitch.tv/guildwars2.
“When it comes to competitive gaming, Twitch has established itself as the premiere destination for the industry’s most premium content,” said Jason Fletcher, Events BD Manager, EMEA, Twitch. “With ArenaNet using our platform and gamescom booth to broadcast their Guild Wars 2 event, it’s another example of how strong the esports content and community is on Twitch.”
As another first, ArenaNet is inviting fans from North America and Europe to vote on which players they want to see compete as All-Stars. Fans can choose from two pools of 16 qualified competitors from each region, with voting taking place at the tournament site starting today through July 17. For China, competitors are being chosen from KongZhong’s weekly tournament series. All Guild Wars 2 All-Stars will receive paid travel and accommodations to come compete at the tournament in Germany.
For more info, visit www.guildwars2.com