Bandai Namco and Twitch have entered into an “exclusive multi-year partnership” that sees the birth of the Tekken World Tour.
The first-ever international tournament circuit for Tekken 7 will boast a prize pool of $200,000 and bring together competitors from North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Players will earn points throughout the year by playing competitively in their respective regions in both online and offline events. Only sixteen players with the most points (five from each region) will advance to the main championship event, scheduled to be held in November.
The developer notes that players are free to jump regions but will not earn points unless they are playing in their own. In addition, only the winner of EVO 2017 will earn a direct entry into the finals of the tour. The rest will have to earn their spots through points.
“Our collective goal with the Tekken World Tour is to create an unparalleled competitive tournament experience and share the bone-crushing excitement of Tekken 7 through Twitch’s social video platform so that Tekken fans around the world can enjoy and participate in the action,” said Eric Hartness, vice president of marketing at Bandai Namco.
The Tekken World Tour will be streamed live through the game’s official channel on Twitch. The streaming giant will also be handling operations and content for the global events, similar to how it has done for games like Rocket League.
The Tekken World Tour will officially kick off at Community Effort Orlando (CEO) championship in Orlando, Florida, from June 16-18. Following that, the tour will be making stops in Dallas, Orange, and more throughout the six-month season.
We were assured last year that Tekken 7 would have a healthy esports future and the developer is now fulfilling on that promise. The announcement comes just days before the release of the latest installment in the series.
Tekken 7 will hit shelves on June 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, a few months later than the originally planned window of early 2017. Placing a pre-order on any of three platforms will get you Elize, the 1000-year old vampire who made her debut in Tekken Revolution.