Who said you can’t get rich playing video games? Wargaming.net is headed to Moscow, Russia for the second annual International Ural Steel Championship, where players from around the world will congregate to blow each other to smithereens in the publisher’s flagship title – World of Tanks. The best part, there’s a prize of over $77,000 USD waiting to be claimed.

Sixteen teams made up of some of the top World of Tanks players from the United States, China, Russia, Europe and Southeast Asia will head to Moscow to fight it out for the prize this September. Registration for the event opens today and will remain available until July 31st. Visit the World of Tanks website for rules more details on how to sign up. (European residents click here.)

Wargaming Announces details for the Second Annual International Ural Steel Championship 2012 held in Moscow, Russia

Registration Opens today for the Premiere World of Tanks Competition and the Chance to win $77,000

MINSK (RUS) – Jul. 17, 2012 – Today, Wargaming – the award-winning game developer and publisher – announces the opening of registration for its upcoming International Ural Steel Championship 2012 for its flagship MMO action game World of Tanks. Registration begins today and will continue through July 31, 2012.

“World of Tanks has become a global eSport discipline,” says Victor Kislyi, Wargaming CEO. "The game is turning into a massive communication platform that merges together gaming communities of different countries and regions.”

Sixteen teams of the world’s best World of Tanks gamers from America, Europe, Russia, China, and Southeast Asia will compete on six battle maps for their shot at the bragging rights of Ural Steel Championship 2012 winner and a prize purse of $77,000 USD. The Grand Finals will take place on September 15th – 16th at USH CSKA in Moscow, Russia.

The tournament is organized by Wargaming in partnership with the Russian Cyber-sport Federation and powered by UralVagonZavod, one of the largest scientific and industrial complexes in Russia and the largest Main Battle Tank manufacturer in the world.

“We'll continue to encourage and support eSport events like Ural Steel in the future, providing attractive prizes and contributing our skills and knowledge to make these events even more exciting,” states Kislyi. The first Ural Steel Championship was held last year and became a virtual battleground for more than 40,000 players from nearly 30 countries.

Sign up for Ural Steel 2012 here:

North America: http://worldoftanks.com/uc/tournaments/101-Ural_Steel_2012/

Europe: http://worldoftanks.eu/uc/tournaments/58-Ural_Steel_World_Tour_%28Qualifiers%29/

About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 900 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia.

Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 30 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs for 2012, and the naval World of Battleships, scheduled for release in 2013.

In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of a battle-centric gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal — www.wargaming.net.

Official website: www.wargaming.com


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