EA Sport, a part of gaming giant Electronic Arts Inc., is collaborating with Virgin Gaming, a member of the massive Virgin group of companies. Today, the two titans announced a new agreement whereby Virgin Gaming becomes a worldwide provider of online tournaments for the EA Sports brand. The agreement covers all head-to-head competitive play, pay-to-enter and sponsored tournaments for select EA SPORTS console video games.
As part of the agreement, the Virgin Gaming tournament platform will integrate directly with EA Sports titles. This will improve web functionaliy and community tools for competitive online gaming on the Xbox and Playstation consoles.
Tournaments will begin soon, although details have not yet been released.
“EA Sports is the leading sports video game brand and publisher in the world, and we are thrilled to offer our members the opportunities to compete in some of their very best multiplayer sports games,” said Rob Segal, the CEO of Virgin Gaming. “Virgin Gaming is a unique convergence of competitive gaming, video games and social/community networking, and we are excited that EA Sports shares our vision for the platform and its potential.”
“Competitive online gaming is an increasingly popular component of our industry and a great way for EA Sports and Virgin Gaming to help connect gamers around the world through the global language of sports,” said Peter Moore, the president of EA Sports. “Virgin Gaming demonstrates the system-wide integrity we desire, and this is a great opportunity for EA SPORTS fans to experience secure and impeccably managed online tournaments for some of our top titles.”