Serious about GamingThe world of console gaming just got interesting as WorldGaming.com ups the stakes.
They launched in early April but WorldGaming (www.worldgaming.com) has already become the hot new sensation for console gamers to network and challenge other players from around the world in tournaments for real money. They celebrated with tournaments, huge cash jackpots, and a bunch of sign-up bonuses over the course of a month, with a grand “Ultimate Gamer Gear Package” prize for the 10,000th person who registers. That month, sadly, has passed, but the action is just starting up.
“We are ecstatic to announce the official launch of WorldGaming.com,” said Billy Levy, president and co-founder of WorldGaming at the time. “Giving gamers around the world a chance to put their skills on display for the world to see and make money doing it is what this is all about. There aren’t many opportunities in life where people get the chance to make money doing what they’re great at and WorldGaming.com is that for gamers.”
To break it down, WorldGaming offers its one-on-one challenges and multiplayer tournaments in a variety of games across multiple genres, from first-person shooters like Halo 3 and Resistance Fall of Man, to the most popular US and European sports titles, including Madden Football, MLB ‘09 the Show, FIFA Soccer and new titles are being added regularly by demand from growing fans of the new gaming concept. The site offers a quick and easy challenge process, automated results verification, player stat tracking and skill rankings, dedicated game lobbies with live chat for each supported title, and easy matchmaking.
“Skill is just skill until it has a platform or an arena where gamers can put it on display,” said Zack Zeldin, WorldGaming VP and co-founder. “Where would future gaming stars of the world be without an organisation that provides scheduling and matchmaking, not only for the best gaming experience possible, but also a place to showcase their talents? As passionate gamers ourselves, we understand this need and have created a place where players can come to show off their abilities for the world to see.”
Who is WorldGaming.com?
As people nursed hangovers ringing in the New Year on January 1, 2006, a couple of savvy businessmen and passionate gamers changed the course of console gaming when the concept of WorldGaming came to light. Co-founders Billy Levy and Zack Zeldin came up with the innovative idea of being able to play your favourite console game online for money with other gamers around the world. Surely this wasn’t the first time someone thought of the idea, but over three years later, WorldGaming has become the name brand in the concept with some of the most sought-after games in the world, catering to a wide variety of audiences.
Created for gamers by gamers (with help from a few software gurus), WorldGaming has an array of features including: automated results verification, highly scalable online tournament automation technology, secure payment backend, and an innovative social component that allows gamers to find other gamers for competition, casual gaming, and general networking. Plus, WorldGaming is a destination for gaming culture and content with its Gamer Training Institute, celebrity tournaments, viral videos, lifestyle blogs, news, reviews and more.
So what’s the catch? Nothing, really. But as WorldGaming matches gamers with similar gaming interests, they earn a game management fee of 10 percent for bringing people together and managing online tournaments or individual games. That’s not asking too much, is it? So players play against each other, not WorldGaming, and therefore WorldGaming doesn’t share in the risk of the game, have control over the outcome, or have any vested interest in game results—it’s all about you, the gamer.
Naturally, all tournaments and services offered through WorldGaming are considered skill games, so everything is compliant with US laws and are exempt from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006. As a result, WorldGaming is at the intersection of three proven and growing online business models: competitive online gaming, social media and skilled gaming for online video gaming tournaments.
- Number of registered players: Over 4,500.
- Number of cash challenges issued on the site: Over 16,000.
- Number of no-money challenges: Roughly 4,000.
- Biggest cash game to date: $250 per person.
- Average cash game: $12.40 per person.