Video games are like life: a bewildering maze filled with challenges, where the only way to get ahead is to have your pet dinosaur eat the boss. Take a break from reality with today’s Groupon to World Gaming Championship. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two all-day fan admissions (a $20 value).
- For $18, you get four all-day fan admissions (a $40 value).
Door registration begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel. Competition begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 11 p.m. Groupons are only valid for fan all-day admissions and cannot be redeemed for competitor passes. Competitor passes cost $40 each.
World Gaming Championship brings together video-game virtuosos, joystick enthusiasts, and avid spectators for a 256-player Madden NFL 12 tournament. As entrants vie for cash prizes and league rankings, fans can monitor the event action, play their own leisure rounds of EA Sports titles on dozens of PlayStation 3, Wii, and XBox consoles flanking the competition area, or rewire controllers to activate every defunct pinball machine within a 50-mile radius. Luxury seating supports onlookers as they enjoy concessions and a full bar, sing along to a live DJ’s soundtrack, or root for favorite college teams being broadcast on projector screens throughout the venue. The top 16 tournament participants receive cash prizes and league standings, and the WGC Grand Champion walks away with $1,000 and a video-game console carved from bronze and the palm sweat of defeated foes.