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Boston rising: Esports, tournaments and 'Infinite Crisis'

Posted by Timothy Loew  February 25, 2014 08:19 AM

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By Benjamin Cavallari, founder, ARC

What do sold out arenas, tens of millions of viewers and P-1 travel visas have to do with video games? Esports, of course. Video game competitions have been a part of gaming culture for years. But recently, a dramatic rise in the popularity of amateur and professional esports tournaments has attracted a huge new generation of players and teams. .

In fact, many video games, like Infinite Crisis from Needham-based developer Turbine and WB Games, are now built with features designed, esports in mind, to maximize the competitive spirit. Infinite Crisis is a free-to-play MOBA-style game that stars a roster of DC Comics characters like Batman, Superman, The Joker, Catwoman and Green Lantern and allows players to take control of various altered versions of the popular villains and superheroes.

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Next month, Turbine will be hosting an Infinite Crisis tournament open to area college students – and spectators, too. The tournament will be held on March 23rd at Boston’s District Hall. Teams will compete for a cash prize pool and the winners will be invited to take part in the Infinite Crisis PAX East Invitational Tournament in April.

Local students looking to compete should drop me a line or read here for more information. No visa required. Let the games begin.

Benjamin Cavallari is the founder of ARC. Follow him on Twitter @ArcConsult.

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