Microsoft and Virgin Gaming Reveal The Xbox Tournaments App

Ready to take your gaming to the next level? Tournament play may have just gotten a bit easier for Xbox 360 players, as Microsoft and Virgin Gaming have just released the Xbox Tournaments app on Xbox Live. After signing up for a Virgin Gaming account, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will now be able to browse, enter, play in and track tournaments right from their console.

"Competitive online gaming is increasingly becoming an important component of the video games industry, and the Xbox Tournaments app allows us to bring engaging tournaments to a large and lively community," said Virgin Gaming president and co-founder Virgin Gaming. "The new app on Xbox LIVE delivers unparalleled accessibility for gamers to compete in their favorite games like never before."

The first games appearing in the app include "Madden NFL 13," "FIFA 13," "NHL 13" and "NBA 2K13," and players will be able to compete in three-round, free-entry tournaments designed for "all skill levels." Beginning today, players will also be able to participate in free head-to-head challenges to hone their skills for upcoming cash-play. Virgin says additional games and features will be added in the coming months.

To kick things off, Virgin Gaming is hosting a $100,000 tournament and leaderboard challenge between April 9th and May 6th. All of the participants that win all three tournament rounds or climb the ranks of the leaderboard will win a portion of the cash prize.

"Virgin Gaming is a proven leader when it comes to online video game competitions, and we believe Xbox Tournaments will deliver a wide variety of competitive and casual tournament options that will add an exciting new dimension to game play," said Xbox Live general manager Matthew Bencke. "From the beginning, we’ve wanted to create amazing and accessible gaming experiences for our members and Xbox Tournaments give our customers a new way to play."

If you to take a stab at winning real-world prizes and maybe a little cash, the new Xbox Tournaments app may be the easiest way to get your foot in the door.

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