World of Tanks is a multiplayer online game developed by international game developer Wargaming. It is a company with their headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus. First released in 2010, World of Tanks through the next three or four years it became available worldwide. Recent PlayStation 4 platform offered attraction for wider audience. Obviously, this is not the end of their growth. World of Tanks is free of charge in regular modes, even though participants have an option to pay for the premium features. It is a game where each player can choose to control light, medium or heavy tank. They can also pick tank-destroyer or self-propelled gun. World of Tanks became a part of eSports games in 2012 at the World Cyber Games. The game is made for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Live and Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 with the mobile versions for Android and iOS users.
World of Tanks requires a lot of free time and persuasive tactics. It has good graphics, rich content and 390 tanks from Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Germany, France, China, Japan, Britain and United States to choose from. Except a few simplifications, tanks are portraying real life vehicles from period of World War I to early 1960s.
The players can also choose six basic types of battles: team-training battles, random battles, team battles, tank-company battles, stronghold battles and special battles. There were also two options historical battle and rampage, which have been cancelled because after poor reaction after its release. However, developers decided to improve as much as possible.
Professional World of Tanks
The only official eSports tournament by now is the Wargaming.net League. This league includes 4 different regions: Commonwealth of Independent States, Asia-Pacific, European region with 12 teams each, and North American region with 10 teams. The league is imagined to have two phases in each season. The first one sends eight teams from each region to the second part of the tournament. In the second phase there is a robin tournament for remaining teams.
Top two are then automatically go to the seasonal finals of their region, while the following four teams compete in regional season quarter finals, eventually looking for a place in finals. Both quarter finals and finals have the same elimination system. Finally, all of the winners from different regions and two wild card teams than compete in one elimination tournament which is called Challenger´s Rumble. The winner of Challenger´s Rumble will eventually manage to the Grand Finals.
With every day, the game becomes more popular and to find a place in finals becomes much harder. On the other hand, there has been announcement that the next season of Wargaming.net League will have fewer teams at the start. This means that only 8 teams for each region will be able to test their chances. Further, this event will cause much tougher competition and more open up a space for other similar tournaments to develop and grow, inviting all interested players to be a part of this world, world of tanks.