ShootMania™ Storm Launch Event Tournament to Award $100,000 Prize Pool, celebrate with fans
Company: Ubisoft
SAN FRANCISCO – April 2, 2013 – Ubisoft® and Nadeo, in conjunction with IGN, will celebrate the April 10 release of ShootMania Storm by hosting a two-day launch event – open to all fans 18 and over – at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco on April 6 and 7. The event will include both a major professional gaming tournament – the $100,000 ShootMania Storm Launch Event Tournament – as well as a launch party where ShootMania fans can collect exclusive swag, meet the pros, grab a free drink, compete for prizes and view the tournament.

In addition, on April 10, Ubisoft’s Nadeo studio and the ShootMania community will host “ShootMania 4 All,” a worldwide launch party bringing together ShootMania Storm’s first players. North American fans will be able to join “ShootMania 4 All” servers to connect with Launch Party online. For more information players should visit http://www.maniaplanet.com/shootmania4all.

“On April 10, we’re going to unleash one of the most exciting competitive shooters to be released in years. We’re thrilled with the opportunity to celebrate the launch of ShootMania Storm with our fans from around the world and the Pros who will be competing next week,” said Josh Milligan, Senior Director, Online Strategy, Ubisoft. “The simplicity of the competition, the strength of our community and the replayability of never-ending user-generated content make ShootMania Storm a unique and fun game that shooter fans have been waiting for. We hope all our fans in San Francisco come out to party with us and show us their skills!”

Tournament and Launch Event Details
The $100,000 ShootMania Storm Launch Event Tournament will feature two full days of Elite Mode competition on April 6 and 7, casted by AskJoshy, GoldenboyFTW, and SycknesS. Pro teams from around the world have been qualifying for this event for two months, and will include heavyweights such as SK Gaming, Curse Gaming, 4Kings, PyroGEN, Spin Move, Team DM, Colwn, Fnatic, MonoManiac eSports, RiYM, RoughNeX, vVv, Lady Killaz as well as the recently crowned PAX East champs, Ride the Lightning.

Amateur team Ride The Lightning (RTL) conquered all opponents during PAX East – including a feisty Frag Dolls entrant -- to earn the final qualification for the Launch Event Tournament, as well as a free trip to San Francisco to compete against the Pros. Team members TestyRabbit, Ødin and vee have only been playing together for two months and now have the opportunity to take down some of the world’s best pro gamers in their quest for their second tournament win.

For fans, this launch event will be THE place to celebrate ShootMania Storm with exclusive giveaways, free food and drink, tournament viewing and a chance to meet the Pros and IGN editors. In addition, there will be $500 Royal mode tournaments twice daily for attendees. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis and the launch event will be open from 10am to 10pm.

The first 600 people to confirm their attendance will receive VIP access with priority lines and premium seating throughout the event. To confirm attendance and earn VIP access, fans can go to event registration at http://iplshootmanialaunch.eventbrite.com/.

About ShootMania Storm
Developed by Ubisoft’s Nadeo studio, ShootMania Storm is a fast-paced, multiplayer first-person shooter designed from the ground up for online and eSports competition. With multiple game modes and diverse play styles, ShootMania Storm is an innovative twist on familiar multiplayer gameplay that focuses on skill, speed and strategy. The game also offers stout community support and interaction, with an easy-to-use map-maker and sharing elements that to date have produced more than 15 player-made game modes as well as more than 20,000 player-made maps.

ShootMania Storm will be available for personal computer on April 10 via the game’s official web site and Valve’s Steam distribution service. The game is currently in Open Beta for all players to try out for free. For more information, to download and play the Open Beta, or to pre-order the game and receive 10 percent off plus other bonuses, players should visit www.ShootMania.com or the Steam Store page at http://store.steampowered.com/app/229870/.

ShootMania Storm is part of the ManiaPlanet system and follows in the footsteps of TrackMania, Nadeo’s successful arcade racing game. ManiaPlanet is a flexible and robust development, gaming and community platform that pushes cutting-edge graphics, enables limitless game types, and encourages incredible community participation and user-made content.

About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2011-12 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,061 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.

About ShootMania Storm:
ShootMania is the second offering from ManiaPlanet, following the successful launch of Trackmania² in 2011. With this new game, Nadeo aims at bringing to the FPS genre what made TrackMania such a phenomenon: a unique competitive spirit and sense of fun, supported by the great community platform ManiaPlanet. More information on ManiaPlanet can be found here: http://www.maniaplanet.com

About Nadeo:
Founded in 2000 and based in Paris, France, Nadeo is the acclaimed developer of the TrackMania series, gathering over 16 million players from all over the world. With the ManiaPlanet initiative, Nadeo aims at providing the best possible support to its growing community of gamers whether they come for racing with TrackMania², competitive FPS with ShootMania, or RPG with QuestMania, providing all with a unique sense of fun and competition, as well as great tools for user-generated content. More information can be found here: http://www.nadeo.com

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