E3: Activision Ups the Ante
Activision debuts World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions at E3
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - Building on their success in 2005 with World Series of Poker videogame, Activision has announced that it will debut an all-new title for the budding franchise.
Activision Publishing will debut World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions, at the E3 Expo on May 10. The game will introduce twice as many top professionals, access to poker tools that hopes will help players improve their game, and DigiMask Technology that actually maps a player's face into the game.
Additionally, Activision and Microsoft will launch the "Play with the Big Boys Sweepstakes," giving consumers the chance to win a trip to the World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas, Nevada and the opportunity to play for the Grand Prize - a seat at the $10,000 Main Event.
To enter the sweepstakes, United States residents 21 years and older can log on to www.xboxpokersweeps.com between May 10 and June 16. Additionally, attendees at the E3 Expo, which is being held at the L.A. Convention Center from May 10-12, can enter at the World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions kiosk in the Activision booth, located in the South Hall.
Six prize winners will be randomly selected to receive a three-day/two-night trip to the 2006 World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they will have the opportunity to compete in a virtual game of No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em in Activision's World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions game on Xbox 360 for the Grand Prize - a seat at the $10,000 Main Event. Contest and sweepstakes participants can view the official rules at www.xboxpokersweeps.com.
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions features a storyline that casts players as a newly turned poker pro building his career under the tutelage of Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, learning strategies and tips directly from one of the world's foremost poker pros. Gamers advance their career by competing against top pros in the premiere Circuit Events in hopes of qualifying for the winner-take-all, invitation-only Tournament of Champions, which is held at the Rio Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The game will be available this fall for the Xbox 360, as well as other platforms.
"This is the most authentic and realistic World Series of Poker videogame to ever hit the shelves," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker and vice present of Sports & Entertainment Marketing for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. "Activision has again innovated for the benefit of poker players, our media partners, and, most importantly, World Series of Poker fans around the world."