Rocking up to the E3 expo with $1 million cash-in-hand, Sir Richard Branson made the announcement of his brand new online destination for competitive gamers, Virgin Gaming, one of the stories of the show. In partnership with WorldGaming.com (co-founded by best friends William Levy and Zack Zeldin), Virgin Gaming, aims to deliver a platform of online competitive gaming, in a convergence of social networking, competition and video games – with Branson acknowledging Virgin’s promise to “give away over $1 million in cash and prizes” within the next 12 months as proof of their gargantuan attempt at launching their online gaming platform.
When it goes live, the planned service will allow gamers to meet, challenge and play each other from all over the world in typical head-to-head matches, or on a broader stage with scheduled tournaments, intent on awarding points, cash and prizes. William Levy, now president of Virgin Gaming, highlights the services main strengths, “there are plenty of tournaments out there for the pros, but we created Virgin Gaming as a platform for all gamers to have the experience of playing each other with more at stake than just pride”, whilst CEO of Virgin Gaming, Rob Segal, explains “with Virgin Gaming, we’re offering members more than just a place to compete. We’re offering them the best, safest and most secure online experience with the fresh, fun approach Virgin is known for”.
Announcements will follow in the coming months regarding industry partners and games, although it is anticipated that Virgin have strong, triple-A titles lined up. It’s incredibly exciting for gamers around the world to hear of such a strong commitment in ensuring competitive multiplayer is acknowledged outside of casual play. Hopefully, Virgin can look towards its TV service and online services to broadcast such tournaments for us to enjoy, which can in the end only help gain the momentum between the convergence of gaming and the mainstream.
To register for official Virgin Gaming tournaments, visit virgingaming.com.