Details are slim at the moment, but the competition will take place online, leading up to a live finale and the dispensation of said $1.6 million. For an idea of the scale of this, Virgin's Killzone 3 challenge had $40,000 at stake, and that was backed by shaving cream money. Thick, foamy shaving cream money.
The Battlefield 3 Worldwide Conquest Tournament Turns Up the Heat as Gamers Compete for the Biggest Console Cash Prize Pool in Gaming History
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The hottest game this holiday is giving out the best gift of all - $1.6 million! DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Virgin Gaming today announced the Battlefield 3 Worldwide Conquest Tournament to celebrate the October 25, 2011 launch of the highly anticipated first-person shooter. The largest console videogame competition in gaming history, players from around the world will compete online in Battlefield 3 for a chance to win $1.6 million in cold hard cash. The online tournament begins in early 2012 and will culminate with a live grand finale where the players with the best Battlefield skills will walk away with a share of the $1.6 million prize pool. For more information please visit www.BattlefieldMillions.com.
"We're always looking to raise the bar for our members, to give them truly epic gaming experiences they won't find anywhere else and Battlefield 3 hits the mark," said Zachary Zeldin, Co-Founder of Virgin Gaming. "This partnership with EA and DICE is exactly the kind of relationship it takes to deliver on that goal, and we can't be more excited to be working with them to host the greatest competitive gaming event I've ever seen."
Battlefield 3 is one of the year's most anticipated games, having won over 50 illustrious awards at all of the gaming industry's major tradeshows. The game recently earned the coveted "Future Game Award" at the Tokyo Game Show, a prize that follows the honor of "Game of the Show" at GamesCom and "Action Game of the Show" at E3. Praised by critics for advancing the state of the art in gaming, Battlefield 3 is the only shooter that can deliver the physicality and emotion of being on the battlefield. It is thanks to the expertise of the development team at DICE and the power of the Frostbite™ 2 engine that Battlefield 3 delivers a massive sense of scale, best-in-class audio, completely destructible environments, hyper-real graphics and animation, and lets gamers pilot a whole range of vehicles from trucks and tanks to choppers and jets.
"The Battlefield series has always been a very social experience with its best-in-class multiplayer gameplay and we're honored to have such passionate and loyal fans," said Karl Magnus Troedsson, General Manager, DICE. "We want to give them the best Battlefield experience we've ever created with Battlefield 3. The Worldwide Conquest Tournament with Virgin Gaming is a great way to celebrate the gameplay and reward our fans."
Battlefield 3 will be available October 25, 2011 in North America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® videogame entertainment system and the PC. PC gamers will be able to download the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition at Origin™ (powered by EA). For the latest news on Battlefield please visit www.battlefield.com, www.facebook.com/battlefield or follow us on Twitter a www.twitter.com/battlefield.