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Virgin Gaming's occasional prize-dispensing video game tournaments are setting up shop in your house, through an upcoming Xbox Live app designed to integrate skill-based tournaments into home games.

The new "Xbox Live Tournament Service" will offer a variety of tournaments, both free and paid entry, for Xbox games (exclusive to XBL Gold). Users will also be able to track progress in ongoing tournaments. No specific game announcements were made – though Microsoft and Virgin assure users it'll include "their favorite games" and the service is due to launch later in 2012.
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VIRGIN GAMING™ TEAMS UP WITH XBOX
TO BRING TOURNAMENTS TO XBOX LIVE
Xbox LIVE Tournaments Service, Powered by Virgin Gaming, Brings Skill-Based Competitions to Xbox LIVE Gold Subscribers

TORONTO, CANADA – June 4, 2012 – Today, Virgin Gaming announced that it will be teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to launch the new Xbox LIVE® Tournaments service, powered by Virgin Gaming. Available later this year, this new exclusive entertainment application will let Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers seamlessly browse, enter, play in and track tournaments for their favorite games directly from the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network.

"It was always our dream to have the Virgin Gaming tournament experience seamlessly integrated into consoles," said Billy Levy, President and Co-founder of Virgin Gaming. "The new application on Xbox LIVE delivers unparalleled accessibility for all gamers to compete like never before in the biggest tournaments, for the biggest prizes with a growing selection of new games to choose from. This is truly game changing."

The Xbox LIVE Tournaments service, powered by Virgin Gaming will offer skill-based events and challenges for players of all levels, including a wide variety of free-to-play or paid-entry tournaments and head-to-head matches in top titles from leading publishers.

"We're really excited to work with Virgin Gaming to redefine the way people think about video game competitions on Xbox LIVE," said Alex Garden, general manager, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft. "The launch of the Xbox LIVE Tournament service, powered by Virgin Gaming will bring a wide variety of competitive and casual tournament options to Xbox LIVE subscribers. Our goal is to deliver a play experience that makes tournaments fun and accessible, in a way that resonates with both the core and casual Xbox gamer, and we've found a partner that shares that same vision. By teaming up with Virgin we are able to match their expertise in operating a tournament service with our large and highly engaged community on Xbox LIVE."

When it's time for gamers to showcase their skills in today's most popular console games, against the best competition, in the biggest and most exciting tournaments in history, Virgin Gaming is the premiere destination. With a community of over 1.3-million gamers and counting, top partners including EA SPORTS, 2K Sports and Ubisoft, and Innovations like in-game integration of automatic reporting of match results; a skill ranking system; secure payment facilities, and customer support all combine to make Virgin Gaming the platform of choice for both gamers and sponsors alike. You don't need to be a pro to be a player at Virgin Gaming, just bring your game.

To experience Virgin Gaming firsthand and to learn why It Pays To Have Game™, please visit http://virgingaming.com.

About Virgin Gaming
Introduced in June 2010 through a partnership with WorldGaming.com, Virgin Gaming is the premier destination for competitive console gamers to meet, challenge and play in head-to head and tournament challenges for cash, points and prizes. With an array of proprietary features, including a Fair Play Guarantee™ (with automatic results validation), a secure payment back end, and a Community Reputation Management System, Virgin Gaming allows gamers of all skill levels from around the world to safely and easily compete in some of their favorite multiplayer games. A leading-edge convergence of competitive online gaming and video games, Virgin Gaming offers robust community features with member pages, clan support, invitational tournaments, stats tracking, news, information, and more. For additional information, visit http://virgingaming.com.
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This article was originally published on Joystiq.