November 18, 2013
Best BuyStaff Writer
Interested in putting your Madden NFL 25® gaming skills to the test? Best Buy announced plans today for an exclusive in-store gaming tournament called the ULTIMATE GAMERS SHOWDOWN to celebrate the launch of the next generation gaming systems. Starting Monday, Dec. 2, gamers and sports fans across the U.S. will be given the opportunity to compete in Madden NFL 25® gaming tournaments in select Best Buy® stores. The tournament series will culminate with ULTIMATE GAMERS SHOWDOWN finals at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 16, where local winners from each market will come together and go head-to-head on the world’s largest HD screen.
Contestants will be competing on the new Sony PlayStation® 4 gaming systems. Registration for store tournament events will be on a first-come first-served basis, and stores will only accept registrations in person on the day of each event. Events will feature 64 people in single player elimination, bracket-style format. No purchase or entry fee is required. Contestants must be 18 or older (except Alabama and Nebraska residents who must be 19 or older). The winner in each market will receive a $1,000 Best Buy gift card and a trip for two (2) to Dallas to compete in the finals, and the runner-up will receive a $500 Best Buy gift card. During the store events, customers can stop by to cheer on their friends, witness play-by-play commentary by professional shout casters, meet pro gamers and enter for a chance to win Best Buy gift cards and additional prizes, including the hottest games and newest consoles. The Dec. 16 finals at the world famous AT&T stadium will feature special guest appearances to be announced. The contestant who wins the finals competition will receive a $1,500 Best Buy gift card.
The ULTIMATE GAMERS SHOWDOWN in-store tournament event details are as follows:
New York – Union Square (5-10 p.m.)
San Francisco – 13th & Harrison (5-10 p.m.)
Boston – Braintree (5-10 p.m.)
Los Angeles – West LA/Pico Blvd (5-10 p.m.)
Detroit – Novi (5-10 p.m.)
Chicago – North Avenue (5-10 p.m.)
Minneapolis – Richfield (5-10 p.m.)
Atlanta – Alpharetta (5-10 p.m.)
Dallas – Finals – AT&T Stadium (Invitation only)
For more information on the Best Buy ULTIMATE GAMERS SHOWDOWN competition, please check www.bby.com in the coming weeks and/or follow #GamersShowdown on Twitter.