Twitch and Bandai Namco announce Tekken World Tour 2018
Social video service Twitch and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, publisher of TEKKEN 7, announce the return of the TEKKEN World Tour for 2018. Twitch returns as the exclusive streaming destination to watch this competitive gaming league, as well as the managing partner for TEKKEN 7 league operations, circuit events, and content on a global scale. The goal of the partnership is for Twitch to work alongside BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment to further build the TEKKEN 7 fighting game community and foster sustained long-term growth for the historic fighting game franchise.
TEKKEN World Tour 2018 kicks off on the 16th March, at Final Round in Atlanta, GA with additional North American based stops in California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Toronto, Canada. Additional international tour stops include Thailand, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Korea, Italy, Australia, Peru, United Kingdom, and more. Participants can register to compete through each regional event’s registration pages to begin their fight to the top of TEKKEN World Tour’s leaderboard system.
This year’s TEKKEN World Tour also takes on a broader global format by awarding participants with Ranking Points in one global pool (based on their local performance results). The eight-month season, running from March through November, 2018 will culminate at the TEKKEN World Tour Finals event taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where national pride will be on display, cash prizes awarded, and ultimate bragging rights will be earned by the winner.
“The TEKKEN World Tour created some of 2017’s biggest fighting game moments on Twitch,” said Richard Thiher, Program Manager at Twitch. “In 2018, we will be going even bigger by bringing a new Global Leaderboard to the series. Not only will it simplify the tour structure, it taps into our international community by increasing opportunities for more players to qualify. Twitch will also be sending the top 19 qualifying players to Amsterdam for the Finals. Fighting games belong at the forefront of Esports and the TEKKEN World Tour plays a big part in the genre’s prominence.”
“With the previous tournament, TEKKEN World Tour has been able to bring new experiences to our fans. As so many skilled and talented competitors emerged around the globe, we wanted to continue and expand to more countries and reach more players” said Hervé Hoerdt, Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. “With TEKKEN World Tour 2018 we’re building an even bigger competition to the delight of players and fans around the world.”
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