Dirk Metzger, marketing director, NCsoft Europe, commented: "Guild Wars has been a huge success in Europe – it topped the charts all across Europe when it was released last year and the momentum has been building ever since. The news that the Guild Wars Factions World Championship will be held in Leipzig will be greeted with enormous enthusiasm by the fans and we are looking forward to creating a real buzz during the Game Convention."
The Guild Wars Factions World Championship is a culmination of the Guild Wars Factions Championship Series, comprised of three seasons of competitive gameplay taking place between 7 March and 26 June 2006. The Championship Series is open to all Guild Wars players, and at the end of each season, the top 16 guilds on the Guild Wars Ladder will compete in post-season playoffs for Guild Wars Factions Championship Points. The five guilds from around the world with the most Championship Points at the end of the three qualifying seasons along with the winner of the upcoming Guild Wars Factions Championship Open Event, will be awarded a trip to the GC Game Convention in Leipzig, where they will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. The winner of the Guild Wars Factions World Championship will also earn the honour of choosing the designs of next season's set of Guild Wars skill pins, new collectable badges given to Guild Wars fans at events throughout the year.
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