In order to bridge the gap between World of Tanks' gaming communities, previously separated by geographic boundaries, Wargaming is breaking into the global competitive gaming with a 2.5 million dollar (USD) prize pool for the 2013 season!
The new league is currently scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2013, and will adopt the format of traditional competitive gaming by way of regular regional tourneys and playoffs leading up to a Grand Finals. Wargaming's CEO, Victor Kislyi, has this to say about the development of the Wargaming.net League:
"The scale and popularity of competitive gaming has been skyrocketing over the last couple of years, and we have now reached the point where we can focus significant effort on advancing World of Tanks on to the global eSports scene. Wargaming.net League is a groundbreaking step in our quest to bring the game’s eSports potential into the international spotlight.”
The Wargaming.net League is planned to include tournaments within other company's MMO titles, when they reach their release stages. Andrei Yrantsau, VP of Global Operation at Wargaming says the following about the development of the new eSports League:
“Now we have a sustainable tool to broaden our global eSports involvement in an unprecedented way: stimulate the growth of the competitive community, organize bigger and better tournaments with larger prize pools than ever, and provide our best pro gamers with completely viable career opportunities.”
With the release of this news, expect to see an explosion in the number of high-level teams. It'll now be entirely possible to become a highly paid full-time World of Tanks player--that is, if you've got what it takes to win!