Beginning today, interested participants can sign up online at the official War of the Ring website or via GameSpy Arcade. On January 26th, 2004, 32 participants will be chosen randomly from all of those who entered and matches will start shortly thereafter. The final four contestants will be flown to Los Angeles in January for the championship matches.
In addition to the grand prize of $40,000, the top four winners will also receive free games from Vivendi Universal Games, ATI graphics products, five cases of BAWLS Guarana, and a Founder's Club subscription to GameSpy Arcade.
More information about the War of the Ring and details about the tournament can be found at the official War of the Ring website.
In War of the Ring, massive battles erupt as the Men, Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits of Middle-earth battle Sauron's minions. Players can choose to play as the forces of good and valiantly fight for the One Ring's destruction or assume command of the forces of evil to claim control over Middle-earth forever.
War of the Ring delves deeper into the stories of the good and evil heroes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, allowing the player to see the events that led to the founding of The Fellowship of the Ring(tm), and participate in some of the important battles that occurred during the Ring quest.
The storyline for the forces of darkness follows the expansion of Sauron's evil in the Third Age. The player can lead armies of creatures like Orcs, Trolls, and the cruel Haradrim to spread the power of Sauron across the face of Middle-earth.
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