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Guild Wars 2 planning paid-for tournaments

Guild Wars 2 planning paid-for tournaments

PvP was one of the first Guild Wars' core features and it attracted a highly dedicated playerbase.

Microtransaction-driven paid tournaments and custom arenas will be bolstering Guild Wars 2's PvP offering in the near future according to developer Arenanet.

Entry to the paid tournaments will require players to buy a ticket from the in-game gem store for real-world money. The tournaments will be similar to the currently available free tournaments but without any matchmaking for incomplete teams and with more valuable rewards up for grabs.

Prizes will be granted to teams placing first all the way through to eighth, with the first prize including 180 gems, worth approximately £2 in real money. Tickets for paid tournaments can also be won in free tournaments or awarded when a player ranks up their PvP level.

Budding PvP teams will also be able to rent out customisable arenas to hone their abilities. These will allow players to control which maps they play on and who they play against with options to password protect their arena.

'We hear a lot of the things you’ve asked for and the truth is, a lot of the features you want will be added in the future,' said Guild Wars 2 systems designer Jonathan Sharp. 'Just because we don’t do everything you want, exactly when you want it, does not mean we aren’t listening.'

Sharp also mentioned that the PvP development team is considering how to implement important features including leaderboards, match streaming, larger tournaments and the option to spectate matches.

'We want to see eSports grow worldwide, and it’s a big part of how we think here at ArenaNet,' added Sharp.

Arenanet recently announced that the live development team for Guild Wars 2 would be eight times larger than the team that maintained its predecessor. The developer has split this down into separate teams handling areas of the game including fixing bugs, world and holiday-related events, its economy, and PvP.

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rollo 10th October 2012, 11:37 Quote
Sounds to me like they have seen blizzard make some cash of esport and have decided to join the bandwagon. First price does not sound like alot though to tempt people into paying.
faxiij 10th October 2012, 11:53 Quote
hahaha.....lol....big fail :D

paid comps..sure. esport? hell no.
XXAOSICXX 10th October 2012, 23:42 Quote
The first prize is £2? To be split between the whole team?

*whistles sarcastically*
Smellyhead 11th October 2012, 00:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
The first prize is £2? To be split between the whole team?

*whistles sarcastically*

No, it's 180 in game gems which is worth about £2. These are in-game ranked tournaments not esport tournaments.

GW2 will become an esport it's just when not if.
bowman 11th October 2012, 10:55 Quote
EVE Online's first cash tournament would've been more worth covering..

Yes, it's $10000 for the entire team, so not all that much, but it's their first effort. A test, so to speak.
Fizzban 11th October 2012, 21:06 Quote
LOL..
XXAOSICXX 12th October 2012, 09:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Smellyhead

No, it's 180 in game gems which is worth about £2.

So what you're saying is that you can't even put your winnings towards a post-game pint...

That's even worse.
Smellyhead 12th October 2012, 12:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
So what you're saying is that you can't even put your winnings towards a post-game pint...

That's even worse.

Yea because a company is going to pay you real money for playing a random in-game tournament anyone can play in. :(

The article and title are really miss leading. Since these aren't real tournaments... Just random in-game ones that will be ranked for a ladder/elo system.
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