Interactive entertainment media publisher and developer Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. and multiplayer entertainment company Twitch Tuesday announced the return of the Tekken World Tour for 2019.
“Now entering its third season, Tekken World 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 Tekken World 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.”
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 Tekken World Tour promises more action, new locations, returning favorites, and innovative tournament categories enabling more players to earn Tekken World Tour Ranking Points, plus a $185,500-plus USD prize pool, with a $100,000 baseline purse for the Tekken World 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 Tekken World 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 Tekken World Tour’s leaderboard.
“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.”
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 1st through 49th place.