The World of Tanks is a little bit excited right now. Wargaming has confirmed the first details for this years Grand Finals event, as well as announcing just how much the gaming community raised for charity late last year.
UK charity War Child raises money for children around the world who have been affected by conflict. In 2016, Wargaming partnered with War Child as part of the group’s Armistice Campaign, selling special emblems and in-game items, with 100% of Wargaming’s share going directly to War Child. It turns out that people who love tanks also love kids, with the community collecting $84,800 for the cause.
Markus Schill, Wargaming’s General Manager Europe, explains:
It is very humbling for us to see just how supportive of War Child’s immensely important work our community is and it is an honour for us to make this contribution in their name today.
This is not the first time Wargaming has teamed up with War Child to support children whose lives have been torn apart by war – the two groups have worked together multiple times over the past four years.
Richard Cutland, Head of Military Relations at Wargaming, explains:
As a retired soldier I have witnessed first-hand the remarkable and invaluable work that War Child do in areas affected by conflict. I am extremely proud of both Wargaming and our fabulous community for supporting this incredible and invaluable charity.
If you’re inspired, why not chip in a few bucks to War Child’s Armistice Campaign – we promise you’ll get some warm fuzzy feelings for your efforts.
…on the other hand, if you’d prefer the warm fuzzy feelings that come from watching some of the world’s best eSports, Wargaming can help you out there, too.
This year, the Wargaming League Grand Finals will take place in Russia, for the very first time. The event has grown too big for its Polish roots, picking up and finding a new home in Moscow. It’s even gotten too big for one weekend, set to sprawl over four days of fast-paced international tank action.
May 23-24 will see this year’s Group Stage held in a Moscow studio, to find out which of the international challengers are most worthy.
Then, at the VTB Ice Palace from May 27-28, the best teams in the world will battle it out to determine who has the most skill – and stamina!
Mohamed Fadl, Head of Global Competitive Gaming at Wargaming, explains the shift:
There’s no denying CIS has a giant and passionate World of Tanks audience, so we thought it was about time we brought Grand Finals back to where the game was born. It also presents us with a fantastic opportunity to share some exclusive details about our huge, upcoming updates for World of Tanks, making it truly an event not to be missed.
If you happen to be in Moscow in late May, you can pop by the VTB Ice Palace to check out the action for yourself – the event is free to the public, and everyone is welcome!
Of course, if you’d prefer to watch everything unfold at home, every single match across the four days will be streamed live on Twitch. Plus, Wargaming is planning a series of “engaging activities” for you to indulge in, including a nifty Grand Pack bundle to be unveiled soon.
Just what is in store for World of Tanks? You’ll have to stay tuned to Player Attack to find out!