Competitive gaming company Virgin Gaming launched an Xbox Tournaments app on Xbox Live today, with plans to bring sports-based competitive gaming to Xbox 360 owners.
The free app allows players to check out Virgin Gaming's Xbox Live tournaments, enter them, play in them and track their progress on the leaderboards. It's currently available in the U.S., Canada and U.K., and launch titles for its first tournament include EA Sports' Madden NFL 13, NHL 13 and FIFA 13, along with 2K Sports' NBA 2K13. According to Virgin Gaming, additional territories, games and features will be added to the app later.
"Competitive online gaming is increasingly becoming an important component of the video games industry, and the Xbox Tournaments app allows us to bring engaging tournaments to a large and...
The EA Sports Challenge Series has the potential to pull in spectators because it's an eSports tournament featuring sports games, said Virgin Gaming executive vice president Wim Stocks in an interview with Forbes.
Virgin Gaming held the second annual Challenge Series in Las Vegas earlier this month; players competed for a $1 million prize pool in the PlayStation 3 versions of Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13 and NHL 13. More than 150,000 entrants took part in the tournament, with the finals in Las Vegas hosting 896 competitors trying to finish in the money.
According to Stocks, the draw of a tournament like the Challenge Series is that as long as people understand the sports in question — football, soccer and hockey — they can follow the ups and downs of the competition.
"People who watch...
In Electronic Arts' annual Madden NFL Super Bowl simulation, Madden NFL 13 has predicted that the Baltimore Ravens will defeat the San Francisco 49ers 27-24 in Super Bowl XLVII, the publisher announced today.
Madden's simulation has correctly predicted the winner of seven out of the last nine Super Bowls, misfiring only in 2008 (when the New York Giants defeated the heavily favored New England Patriots) and 2011 (when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers). This year, the 49ers are favored by four points.
According to Madden NFL 13's simulation, Super Bowl XLVII will come down to a last-minute scoring drive by the 49ers that falls just short, as Ravens free safety Ed Reed intercepted a would-be touchdown from Colin Kaepernick in the end zone to seal the victory with...
Madden NFL 13 launches with the Wii U in North America later this month, and a new trailer from Electronic Arts points out the variety of GamePad specific features it contains.
It's worth noting that the Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 is missing the Infinity Engine that debuted in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions earlier this year.
Madden NFL 13 launches on Wii U on Nov. 18.