"It was clear from the beginning that we would need to call in the experts to separate the rookies from the rock stars," said Matthew Ringel, president and commissioner of the World Series of Video Games. "We are committed to creating a video game tournament that is as fun for spectators as it is for participants. Our new judging format will help deliver the same immediacy and fun to Guitar Hero II competition as some of the most highly-watched music shows on television."
At each event, the judges will score competitors based on accuracy, difficulty and in an interesting twist, showmanship! All areas of performances will be evaluated; from the ability to work the crowd, put together a unique and thought-out set and the precision of strumming and ripping.
The first winners were crowned at the 2007 season's inaugural event this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Video of champion Nick "Kov" Shish performing REVEREND HORTON HEAT's "Psychobilly Freakout" and third place finisher Kelly "TipperQueen" Law-Yone performing MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE's "Dead!" can be found at http://www.thewsvg.com. Additional YouTube videos featuring such performances as SHADOWS FALL's "The Light That Blinds" and MEGADETH's "Hangar 18" can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/thekovinc.
Photos of the event finalists can be found at http://www.ampedesports.com/gallery/41 .
More information about the event is available at www.thewsvg.com. Rules for the event can be found at http://www.thewsvg.com/rules/guitarhero .
All the events this year will be broadcasted on CBS at a later date. Dates and air times are listed below:
Schedule of Televised WSVG Events:
EVENT DATE VENUE AIRDATE
July 5 - 8 Dallas, Texas Sunday, August 19, 12 ET
October 18-21 Los Angeles, California Saturday, November 17, 1 ET
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 Jönköping, Sweden Saturday, December 15, 2:30 ET