Virgin, whose upcoming gaming venture (Virgin Gaming) is touted as the "world's fastest growing online gaming community," announced today that it has partnered with Ubisoft to be the "online tournament provider" for some of the publisher’s multiplayer console releases. The first: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.
Details on how the tournaments will actually work are scarce, but I do have some press release quotes from executives about how excited everyone is. Wanna read them?:
“Ubisoft is one of the leading video game publishers in the world and we are thrilled to offer our members the opportunity to compete in some of their best multiplayer console games,” said Rob Segal, CEO of Virgin Gaming, “Virgin Gaming is a unique convergence of social networking, video games and competitive gaming, and we are excited that Ubisoft shares our vision for the platform and its potential.”
“Ubisoft is thrilled to be partnering with Virgin Gaming on its new venture. We have an exciting lineup of multiplayer titles this year that we believe will be a perfect fit for gamers to play and compete against each other in a tournament setting,” said Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft North America.
Why should you care? Because Virgin founder Richard Branson, usually seen riding a jet-ski with a supermodel on his back, is actually interested in your hobby... or at least interested in making money from your hobby.
For more of an idea of what Branson is up to, check out this video: