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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and Twitch® Officially Announce TEKKEN™ World Tour 2019

March 12, 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 12, 2019--Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and Twitch ®, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, today announced the return of the TEKKEN™World Tour for 2019. Twitch will once again be featured as the exclusive streaming destination to watch this competitive gaming league and the managing partner for TEKKEN™ 7 league operations, circuit events, and content on a global scale. Entering its third tournament season, the TEKKENWorld Tour promises more action, new locations, returning favorites, and innovative tournament categories enabling more players to earn TEKKENWorld Tour Ranking Points, plus a $185,500+ USD prize pool, with a $100,000 baseline purse for the TEKKENWorld Tour Finals.

TEKKEN World Tour 2019 kicks off on April 20th, at MIXUP in Lyon, France then continues throughout the year with additional North American based stops in Georgia, New Jersey, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Washington, California, and Toronto, Canada. International tour stops will include Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, Dubai, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Italy, Argentina, Peru, South Africa, and more. The TEKKENWorld Tour Finals will make its return to Asia in 2019 when the world’s best TEKKEN 7 players converge upon Bangkok, Thailand to determine who is the true “King of the Iron Fist Tournament” - more information will be shared at a later date. Prospective competitors can register to compete through each regional event’s registration page to begin their fight to the top of TEKKENWorld Tour ’s leaderboard.

“Now entering its third season, TEKKENWorld Tour for 2019 is going to be bigger, reach more players with its innovative Dojo tournaments, and generate more excitement than ever!” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “Every year, the TEKKENWorld Tour has set the stage for some of the most dramatic stories to come out of the esports world and we look forward to entertaining the millions of fighting game fans around the globe with another great season of high-level competitive TEKKEN 7 play!”

“Fighting games represent the roots of esports, the early days of fans gathering in arcades and living rooms and making competitive gaming a shared community viewing experience,” said Richard Thiher, Product Manager at Twitch. “As the premier destination for esports, we are proud to carry on that tradition by bringing fans together from all around the world to watch, chat, and experience the best plays TEKKEN 7 has to offer.”

Tournament Categories

Master+: TEKKEN World Tour ’s max value tournament category will be held exclusively at the Evolution Championship Series (Evo) in Las Vegas from August 2-4, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort. The Master+ tournament will award Ranking Points to players placing 1 st through 49 th place.

Master: Offering high-level points for top-tier competitive players throughout the world, these tournaments are the pillars from which TEKKENWorld Tour will be built for 2019. Master tournament events are expected to draw international competition and will award Ranking Points to players placing 1 st through 25 th place.

Challenger: These regional tournaments focus on offering Ranking Point earning opportunities to locations not served by Master tournaments. Challenger tournaments award Ranking Points to players placing 1 st through 13 th place.

Dojo: Brand new for TEKKENWorld Tour 2019 are Dojo tournaments. In an effort to promote competitive participation to TEKKEN 7 players at a more local and grassroots level, TEKKENWorld Tour is establishing this new opt-in tournament category. Dojo tournaments will enable tournament organizers from around the world to apply for their tournaments to be awarded TEKKENWorld Tour Ranking Points. The Ranking Points available at Dojo tournaments will scale based on tournament size. This opt-in system creates opportunities for players to compete for Ranking Points outside of Master and Challenger class events. All Dojo tournament applicants must use the TEKKENWorld Tour opt-in system on smash.gg and register their tournament for consideration. Depending on the bracket size, Dojo tournaments can award Ranking Points to players placing 1 st through 9 th place.

Ranking Points Distribution

Points earned at TEKKENWorld Tour tournaments are awarded according to a player’s tournament placements. Each placement at a TEKKENWorld Tour tournament, from Master+ to Dojo, is worth a different number of Ranking Points. Players’ point aggregation will be taken from their best three results from Master+ or Master events, best three results from Challenger events, and best four results from Dojo events. At the end of the year, the top 19 players awarded the most TEKKENWorld Tour Ranking Points will be invited to compete at the TEKKENWorld Tour Finals. Travel and lodging considerations for invited players will be covered by TEKKENWorld Tour. The TEKKENWorld Tour leaderboard will be viewable on www.tekkenworldtour.com and via the TEKKENWorld Tour ’s league page on smash.gg.

For more information on TEKKENWorld Tour 2019, including the full tour schedule, please visit the official TEKKENWorld Tour website at: https://tekkenworldtour.com/. To find out more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products, please visit: http://www.bandainamcoent.com/home.html or follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS or join the conversation on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS. Follow all of the action surrounding BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s numerous esports leagues at: https://twitter.com/BNEAESPORTS

The TEKKENWorld Tour 2019 announcement trailer is available here: https://youtu.be/FcFcDIx931I

About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including PAC-MAN®, GALAGA®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, and ACE COMBAT®. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime based video games including NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL Z®, and ONE PIECE®. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com or www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

About Twitch

Launched in 2011, Twitch is a global community that comes together each day to create multiplayer entertainment: unique, live, unpredictable experiences created by the interactions of millions. It brings the joy of co-op to everything, from casual gaming and world-class esports to anime marathons, music, and art streams. Twitch also hosts TwitchCon, the biggest community event of the year, where tens of thousands of people come together to celebrate and connect with others who share their interests and passions. We’re always live at Twitch. Stay up to date on all things Twitch on Twitter and on our Blog.

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