The quest to mold Gwent into a competitive free-to-play card game has taken CD Projekt RED to host a grand tournament at Gamescom 2017 next month.
According to the official website, everyone is invited to sign themselves as competitors. However, only the top seven players will be filtered in the end as eligible candidates based on their ranked ratings on August 1. The final eighth player will be determined through an additional Wild Card Qualifiers event, scheduled to take place on-site a day prior to the main event.
The tournament will commence from August 25 and run through the weekend at the Gwent booth in the Entertainment Area (hall 8, stand B021) in Cologne, Germany. In addition to the competitive matches, which will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person, the developer will also be announcing new content heading to the collectible card game in the future.
Instead of dividing the prize money in traditional fashion, all eight participants will receive a guaranteed sum of $1000 for competing in the main event. This is regardless of how they place, which is an impressive way of promoting a game in the world of esports.
Gwent entered open beta in May and has since then garnered a healthy community. In comparison to its rival, Hearthstone, Gwent does feature a tad unfriendly user interface and mechanics that require a little bit of time in getting used to.
The developer is vigilantly addressing issues as they come with regular feedback provided by the players. This is in addition to maintaining a balanced gameplay by adjusting the cards every month. The final version, which remains without a precise release date, should be more refined and polished.