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Quake Champions adds Wolfenstein’s B.J. Blazkowicz, announces $1 million tournament

Quake World Championships happens this August

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Quake Champions will add Wolfenstein hero B.J. Blazkowicz to its growing roster of heroic characters. The team at id Software also announced a $1 million Quake World Championship tournament on August 26 at QuakeCon in Dallas, Texas.

Quake Champions is a free-to-play incarnation of the classic arena shooter and includes new maps as well as new interpretations of classics like the Ruins of Sarnath. Players get access to a single hero character named Ranger and can unlock additional heroes for short periods of time with in-game currency. Alternately, players can pay for a bundle that includes unlimited access to additional heroes. Champions include the highly mobile Nyx, the AI-controlled robot Clutch and the tank-like Scalebearer. Each features unique abilities that cater to different playstyles.

The game featured prominently during Bethesda’s pre-E3 press conference with a lengthy video touting the game as the original esport. You can watch the trailer above.

Quake Champions is in currently in an open beta on Windows PC.

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