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Kinect Sports Rivals finals bringing first 'global motion-sports competition' to Comic-Con

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Kinect Sports Rivals is the stage for what publisher Microsoft Studios hails as the first-ever global competition in a motion-controlled sports game, and the 11-person field is now set for next month's final round during Comic-Con International 2014.

The Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship began in April across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, the U.K., France and Germany. Participants in the tournament competed online over the past few months, and the semifinal round is now complete.

Microsoft is flying the 11 finalists to San Diego for the in-person finals of the competition. Each of the finalists is guaranteed a cash prize of $500, and the top four will get more. Fourth place gets $1,000; third place gets $2,500; second place gets $5,000; and the winner will take home the grand prize of $10,000, as well as a trip for two to Bora Bora, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu or the Swiss Alps.

The final round will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 26, in the Xbox Gamers Lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

Kinect Sports Rivals launched in April exclusively on Xbox One; for more, check out our full review.

Yesterday, publisher Ubisoft announced its own motion control-based video game competitive event. Its Just Dance franchise will be featured at the 11th Electronic Sports World Cup in October.

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