SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. via independent partnerships with Twitch, Red Bull, and ELEAGUE is bringing TEKKEN™ 7 tournament events around the country and delivering the game’s hard-hitting action into living rooms throughout the nation. Through a variety of live events, TEKKEN 7 fans and serious fighting game players will be able to participate in a multitude of tournaments held throughout the United States or simply revel and cheer for their favorite players - at the highest levels of competitive play - on TV and online.
2017 marked the official return of TEKKEN 7 to a global stage with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.’s TEKKEN World Tour. The tournament series held regional tournaments throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia in search of the best players in each respective region. The competition and heated-action culminated in an explosive finale at the TEKKEN World Tour Finals, held in San Francisco, California, where a diverse collection of highly-skilled competitors from around the globe fought to take home a large cash purse and most importantly… world-wide bragging rights.
In 2018, TEKKEN 7 will soar to greater esports heights as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. continues to support the passionate TEKKEN fighting game community through exciting partnerships with premium esports content and tournament brands such as Turner and IMG’s ELEAGUE and Red Bull. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., in partnership with Twitch, also returns with the TEKKEN World Tour for 2018 featuring bigger regional tournaments and a new global leader board system which will surely heat-up the competition around the world. These partnerships and tournaments are part of a long-term strategic plan within BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. to drive esports growth through developing and publishing competition-ready game content and continued grass-roots support of the growing esports community.
“TEKKEN 7 has emerged to become one of the premier fighting games driving the esports growth we are experiencing in the video games industry,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “As esports continues to grow in popularity, relevance, and reach around the globe, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment will continue to develop more blockbuster titles like TEKKEN 7 to provide exciting content for esports fans everywhere.”
TEKKEN World Tour 2018
Coming off last year’s stellar tour and earth-shaking finale, for 2018, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. continues its partnership with Twitch to raise the bar for this year’s TEKKEN World Tour. The tournament series will take-on a truly global format which will pit players from the Americas, Asia, and Europe against each other through a world-wide leader board system with competitors accruing Ranking Points (based on their results) on a global basis. For more information about the TEKKEN World Tour Ranking Points system, please visit: https://tekkenworldtour.com/rules/
TEKKEN World Tour kicks off its eight-month season for 2018 on March 16 at Final Round in Atlanta, GA. with additional regional events taking place in Peru, Thailand, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Korea, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, and more. The top 19 players who have accrued the most Ranking Points will automatically qualify to compete in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals event which will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in November 2018. One additional finals slot will be open for the lucky winner of a Last Chance Qualifier tournament which will take place at the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. For more information about the TEKKEN World Tour world-wide event schedule, please visit: https://tekkenworldtour.com/schedule/
Red Bull Conquest
Working in conjunction with Red Bull, TEKKEN 7 will be one of the featured titles to bring together fighting game contenders from across the nation to battle for ultimate bragging rights at Red Bull Conquest, a brand-new fighting game tournament circuit empowering competitors to represent their local fighting game scene and embark on the journey to: RISE. RALLY. CONQUER.
Red Bull Conquest kicks off on April 28 in Chicago, from there, the tournament circuit will travel to 15 qualifiers across the United States, with one additional online qualifier, to determine which region has the best fighting game players. Red Bull Conquest Qualifiers will take place in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle, concluding with the Red Bull Conquest National Finals taking place in Washington D.C. on November 16-18, where one region will emerge victorious and claim victory as the best fighting game region in the nation.
Red Bull will also be hosting a Red Bull Conquest online qualifier for competitors to join remotely. Interested competitors can register for regional tournaments at https://smash.gg/RedBullConquest.
ELEAGUE | TEKKEN Team Takedown
Taking TEKKEN 7 action into living rooms throughout the country, ELEAGUE, the premium esports content and live tournament brand from Turner & IMG partnered with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. for the first-ever ELEAGUE | TEKKEN Team Takedown. The addition of TEKKEN 7 further expands ELEAGUE’s collection of popular esports titles and will bring the pulse-pounding action of TEKKEN 7 to viewers throughout the country and across the world.
ELEAGUE | TEKKEN Team Takedown began with a live tournament on Saturday, March 3, which was broadcast exclusively on Twitch where team captain Jeannail “Cuddle_Core” Carter led her team to the final victory through round after round of intense bouts featuring high-level TEKKEN 7 play. Coverage of the event now transitions to TBS for a four-part feature series set to premiere Friday, March 16, following TBS’ NCAA March Madness coverage. The four-part series will take viewers on an all-access tour of TEKKEN 7, revisiting the best moments and matches from the ELEAGUE stage.
A team of seasoned fighting game community (FGC) experts joined ELEAGUE host Richard Lewis to call the action and provide studio analysis along with player interviews. A team of well-known fighting game personalities were featured throughout the live tournament and TBS series, including Reepal “Rip” Parbhoo – ranked in the top 20 on the TEKKEN World Tour – Steve “Tasty Steve” Scott, and Stephen “Sajam” Lyon. In addition, TEKKEN ambassador and analyst Mark “MarkMan” Julio and reporter Michele Morrow both made their ELEAGUE debuts.
TEKKEN 7 is available now in the Americas for the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PCs via STEAM®. For more information about TEKKEN 7 or other titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. please visit: https://www.bandainamcoent.com, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS, or join the conversation on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.
About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including PAC-MAN®, GALAGA®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, and ACE COMBAT®. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime based video games including NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL Z®, and ONE PIECE®. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com or www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS
ELEAGUE – formed in partnership between Turner and IMG – is a premium esports content and live tournament brand that has aligned with some of the most popular esports titles in the business through its first two years: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – including having hosted two Major Championships – Overwatch®, Street Fighter® V, Dota 2, Injustice 2, Rocket League, Formula E and TEKKEN® 7. With a focus on innovative production capabilities, storytelling and exploring compelling narratives surrounding star teams and players, ELEAGUE has generated record levels of engagement with its content and positive reaction throughout the esports community since its launch in 2016.
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