Walmart hosting Modern Warfare 3 tournaments prior to midnight release

You can go ahead and cancel that intricate, Ocean's Eleven-style Gamestop heist you've been planning -- we've discovered a sure-fire way to get your hands on Modern Warfare 3 before its release. Just roll on up to your nearest (participating) Walmart at 8 p.m. on November 7, and you'll get to participate in a Modern Warfare 3 tournament, the winner of which will get a free copy of the game. The losers? They'll probably get those Walmart smiley face stickers. It's win-win!

Sure, that just gives you four hours with the game before you can play it indefinitely in the comfort of your own gaming cave. Still, have you played competitive Call of Duty at launch before? Four hours of extra insight is enough to turn the tide of any given match. Like the Joes say, knowing is half the battle, and the other half is having ninja-like reflexes and an unending pool of tolerance for having slurs hurled at you by sixth graders.
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Walmart Gives Gamers Early Access to Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3
Retailer Holding Tournaments in More Than 2,700 Stores Prior to Midnight Release

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 3, 2011 – Walmart will give gamers early access to play the hottest new game for the holidays, Call of Du­­ty®: Modern Warfare® 3, with tournaments in more than 2,700 stores beginning at 8 p.m. (local time) on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. Additionally, gamers can earn "Mega XP" time, consisting of 90-minutes of double experience points, with every purchase of specially-marked 20-packs of Mountain Dew®, exclusively at Walmart.

Call of Du­­ty®: Modern Warfare® 3, predicted to be one of the top-selling video games for Christmas, officially goes on sale at 12 a.m. Nov. 8. For a list of tournaments at participating Walmart stores, click here.

"Walmart is the destination for all gamers this holiday season," said Seong Ohm, senior vice president of entertainment, Walmart U.S. "When it comes to entertainment, Walmart offers unbelievable prices on the widest assortment of gaming devices from brand name consoles to new releases."

Local tournament prizes will include a copy of Call of Du­­ty®: Modern Warfare® 3 in each of the 2,700 participating stores. More information is available at www.walmart.com/gamecenter, the one-stop destination for the latest game previews and first-look exclusives. Featuring great content you won't find anywhere else, it's the place for game trailers, sneak peeks and more.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.