Blade & Soul will include North American players in its next world championship

    
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Do you want to be the best around, with nothing that will ever keep you down? Blade & Soul makes a point of being able to support one-on-one combat in a balanced format, leading to an annual championship event for the game in its native South Korea. Coinciding with its launch in January of next year in North America and Europe, players from those regions will be able to take part in the tournament next year in hopes of claiming the grand prize.

There’s also talk about including the game in some of the more traditional North American competitions such as EVO, although at this point the talk is entirely speculation and willingness from NCsoft. Still, if you were hoping to see the game moving into a competitive niche when it launches, you have reason to continue hoping.

Source: Destructoid
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josefreaksalem
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josefreaksalem

Street Fighter mmo?

xPhenomen
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The only way NA can win EU in any esport is to not include EU to competition at all.

Belegorm
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imperialpanda Belegorm Even setting aside the technical mechanics of a truly competitive game, EVO and other similar tournaments would have to be run far differently.  I think it would be far more realistic to say, that in several years maybe if this game has the competitive legs, it could run at a Dreamhack.  Just logistics wise EVO and other similar tournaments are pretty much only set up for consoles (no PC ever), with 2 players sharing a single monitor, at a few hundred setups.  And considering EVO really is only going to have 7-ish games each year, and all of those games being super legit traditional fighting games – I think it’s safe to say B&S has about the same chance of getting into EVO as, say, Starcraft 2.

I’m not disparaging B&S for its lack of competitive mechanics, I’m just saying that if you want to have high competitive aspirations for your game, trying to get into a more PC-centric big tournament would be not impossible, whereas EVO caters to a single, very, VERY different genre than PVP MMO, and they won’t have the setups and time slots available for it.

imperialpanda
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Belegorm Agree, this game will never appear at EVO.
MMOs are still at least a decade away from having the technical mechanics of a truly competitive game.

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TacoBellMan Yup. Every region the game is released in participates. Last World Tournament saw 4 players from each of China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea participating (though, unsurprisingly, the finalists were both Korean players). Winner took home a grand prize of roughly $35,000. 

There are some really great fights in there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlboHrckOfo

blaaznar
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Belegorm It’s still good fun having these kind of competitions, and unlike WoW arenas – this is actually watchable even for a filthy casual.

MetaDune
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This encourages normalize gear so I’m for this

TacoBellMan
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Is this like an E sports thing?

Belegorm
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Much as I’m interested in B&S, there is an about 0% chance of the game ever appearing at EVO, or any fighting game tournament.  You only see fighting game-ass fighting games at them, the most different thing you’ll see is Smash.
However, EVO and such are only one kind of “traditional North American competitions,” and a majority aren’t even really like EVO.  I think you’ll probably see tournaments pop up more along the lines of how SC2, LoL, DotA 2 and CS:GO tournaments are run.
In the end though, I think the great majority of people, particularly competitive gamers but even including most B&S fans, aren’t going to take the competitive modes of an MMO seriously alongside games that are specifically competitive multiplayer games.  Look where competitive arena PVP in WoW is at (or rather, the lake thereof).