Train2Game News: Virgin gaming coming to Xbox Live

virgin gamingGamers already competing against players worldwide with Virgin Gaming, the premier online destination for competitive console gaming, now have a new way to challenge competitors as Virgin Gaming and Microsoft Corp. team up to launch Xbox Tournaments on Xbox LIVE.

This exclusive entertainment application, powered by Virgin Gaming, launches today and allows Xbox LIVE Gold members to seamlessly browse, enter, play in and track tournaments for their favorite games directly from the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. Gamers can register an account at http://virgingaming.com/xbox and download the app from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

“Competitive online gaming is increasingly becoming an important component of the video games industry, and the Xbox Tournaments app allows us to bring engaging tournaments to a large and lively community,” said Billy Levy, president and co-founder of Virgin Gaming.

“The new app on Xbox LIVE delivers unparalleled accessibility for gamers to compete in their favorite games like never before.”

The Xbox Tournaments app makes its debut in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom with launch titles that include EA SPORTS Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13, NHL 13 and NBA2K13.

Virgin Gaming offers numerous proprietary features; including in-game reporting of match results, a skill ranking system, secure payment facilities, and strong customer support, making it the platform of choice for competitive gamers.

Additional territories, titles and features will be added in the coming months, but at launch, players will be able to compete in three-round, free-entry tournaments designed for gamers of all skill levels. They will also have the opportunity to participate in free head-to-head challenges to hone their skills for upcoming cash-play.

To celebrate the launch of the app, Virgin Gaming is hosting a $100,000 tournament and leaderboard challenge between April 9 and May 6, 2013. During that time, all players that participate in and win all three tournament rounds or that climb the ranks of the leaderboard will win a portion of the cash prize pool. Details can be found at www.virgingaming.com/xbox.

“Virgin Gaming is a proven leader when it comes to online video game competitions, and we believe Xbox Tournaments will deliver a wide variety of competitive and casual tournament options that will add an exciting new dimension to game play,” said Matthew Bencke, general manager Xbox LIVE, Microsoft.

“From the beginning, we’ve wanted to create amazing and accessible gaming experiences for our members and Xbox Tournaments give our customers a new way to play.”

With a community of more than two million gamers and top partners, Virgin Gaming offers a strong network for sponsors, such as NOS Energy Drink, Ford, Kia and Dr Pepper, looking to reach the coveted gamer audience.

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 Games – 11.02.13

Dead Space 3Train2Game once again brings you the game charts with another new number 1! This week at number 1 is the latest game from the hit horror sci-fi series, Dead Space. The previous number 1, Ni No Kuni has slipped down to number 6. Forza 4 and Madden NFL 13 have both risen back up in to the top 20.

Week ending 9 February 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 DEAD SPACE 3 EA GAMES
2 FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 2
3 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 3
4 FAR CRY 3 UBISOFT 4
5 HITMAN: HD TRILOGY SQUARE ENIX 5
6 NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH NAMCO BANDAI GAMES 1
7 NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED EA GAMES 7
8 JUST DANCE 4 UBISOFT 8
9 HITMAN ABSOLUTION SQUARE ENIX 9
10 SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED SEGA 18
11 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 10
12 ASSASSIN’S CREED III UBISOFT 6
13 HALO 4 MICROSOFT 13
14 FORZA HORIZON MICROSOFT 14
15 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS 15
16 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013 SEGA 12
17 LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 17
18 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 16
19 MADDEN NFL 13 EA SPORTS
20 FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 MICROSOFT

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2013 UKIE Ltd