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Ural Steel Championship 2012 Registration Announced

19 July 2012 — Wargaming, the award-winning game developer and publisher, today announced the opening of registration for the forthcoming International Ural Steel Championship 2012 within its distinguished armored MMO action game World of Tanks. The registration has started on 17 July and will continue till 31 July 2012.

“World of Tanks has become a global eSport discipline,” said Victor Kislyi, Wargaming CEO. "The game is turning into a massive communication platform that merges together gaming communities of different countries and regions. We'll continue to encourage and support eSport events like Ural Steel in the future, providing attractive prizes and contributing our skills and knowledge to make these events even more exciting.”

Sixteen teams of hardcore World of Tanks gamers from America, Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia will compete on six battle maps for the right to be called best virtual tankers of the year and the prize fund of 77 000 USD. The Grand Finals will take place on 15-16 September in USH CSKA in Moscow, Russia.

The tournament is organized by Wargaming in partnership with the Russian Cyber-sport Federation and powered by UralVagonZavod, one of the largest scientific and industrial complexes in Russia and the largest Main Battle Tank manufacturer in the world.

The first Ural Steel Championship was held last year and became a virtual battleground for more than 40 000 players from almost 30 countries.

About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 900 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia.

Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 30 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs for 2012, and the naval World of Battleships, scheduled for release in 2013.

In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Service, the epicenter of a battle-centric gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal —

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