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World of Tanks Developer to Invest $10 Million in eSports This Year
Wargaming is planning to make a big splash in the eSports scene this year, as its chief executive Victor Kislyi announces to invest $10 million as part of a plan to support the competitive growth of World of Tanks.
During a press conference in Warsaw, Kislyi revealed that the multiplayer title featuring tank warfare has seen to a great boost in its eSports scene in the past couple of years. World of Tanks tournaments held in 2012 saw to over 30,000 professional participants. This only increased to 200,000 in 2013, with well over 1,000 tournaments being held across the map.
Last year Wargaming invested $8 million in eSports and this year it plans to increase that pot by a whole $2 million. World of Tanks currently has more than 80 million registered players and having a healthy platform for competition can increase that ten folds.
Wargaming launched World of Warplanes last fall and is currently working on World of Warships. World of Tanks is the more popular of the developer’s arsenal and will see to a complete overhaul later this year, with improved visuals, better textures, improvements to the rendering and physics engine and more.