Wargaming.net announces plans to enter the eSports world
World of Tanks players will be excited to hear that Wargaming.net is launching an official eSports league. The league will kick off in the first quarter of 2013 and will follow traditional eSports bracketing tournaments, ultimately leading to a $2.5M prize pool.
Wargaming’s Global eSports Director, Jonghyuk Baak, has this to say about the development of the Wargaming.net League:
“The scale and popularity of competitive gaming has been skyrocketing over the last couple of years, and we have now reached the point where we can focus significant effort on advancing World of Tanks on to the global eSports scene. Wargaming.net League is a groundbreaking step in our quest to bring the game’s eSports potential into the international spotlight.”
The Wargaming.net League won’t be the first appearance for World of Tanks in eSports. The military MMO was part of the Grand Finals of the 2012 World Cyber Games held last fall in Kunshan, China. VP of Global Operation at Wargaming says the following about the development of the new eSports League:
“Running our own eSports league allows us to truly focus on making World of Tanks not only a compelling and challenging eSports discipline, but also one that’s incredibly entertaining for spectators, Now we have a sustainable tool to broaden our global eSports involvement in an unprecedented way: stimulate the growth of the competitive community, organize bigger and better tournaments with larger prize pools than ever, and provide our best pro gamers with completely viable career opportunities.“
Jonghyuk Baak, Wargaming.net’s global eSports director, added, “We have now reached the point where we can focus significant effort on advancing World of Tanks on to the global eSports scene.” He called the establishment of the Wargaming.net League a “groundbreaking step in [Wargaming.net's] quest to bring [World of Tanks'] eSports potential into the international spotlight.”