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Just Dance becomes an eSports title for 11th Electronic Sports World Cup

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Ubisoft's Just Dance franchise is entering a new field this year, eSports — the massively popular dance title will be part of the game lineup for the 11th Electronic Sports World Cup, Ubisoft announced today.

According to Ubisoft, Just Dance will be the first-ever casual game featured in the Electronic Sports World Cup. Other titles in this year's competition include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA 14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

"We are very proud to widen the definition of eSport with Ubisoft. Competitive gaming has to welcome all kind of players, has to be developed in partnership with the games publishers and has to showcase the most advanced technologies which link the body to the game. Just Dance is for ESWC the perfect medium to reach those goals," said Matthieu Dallon, founder of the Electronic Sports World Cup, in a press release today.

The competition will begin with a series of eight qualifiers from July 13 through Sept. 21. Participants have three ways to attempt to qualify: They can play Just Dance 2014 online in the World Dance Floor mode; submit a Just Dance 2014 video through Just Dance TV; or dance in person at Electronic Sports World Cup qualifier events and Ubisoft events.

The tournament's organizers will choose a total of 20 finalists: 10 from World Dance Floor (two each from the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Just Dance 2014), four from Just Dance TV and six from the events. Those 20 individuals will be flown to Paris for the Grand Final of the competition, which will take place in Just Dance 2015 during the 2014 Electronic Sports World Cup from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.

Just Dance 2015 is set for release this October in North America on PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You can check out an announcement trailer for the Just Dance World Cup above.