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'Ultimate Baseball Online' Launches Best of UBO 2007 Competition

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2007 @ 12:35 a.m. PST

Ultimate Baseball Online launched its global year-long competition to determine the team that will be considered the Best of UBO 2007. 64 teams consisting of five to nine players will qualify during the year to compete in the tournament, which will run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 21, 2007.

UBO is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online sports game (MMOSG) where baseball enthusiasts and gamers compete in virtual stadiums. With stunning graphics and surround-sound audio reactions from the crowd, participants control customized characters for each position and compete together against other UBO gamers from around the world. Players create their own avatar to bat, pitch, field, run, and perform other baseball actions.

Each round will be a best-of-three series, and the championship round will be a best-of-five series.

A team may qualify for a berth in the Best of UBO 2007 Tournament in any one of three ways:

  • Winning a UBO league (season) - There are four seasons in 2007, and three levels of play for teams (Minor, Major and Elite);
  • Winning a UBO Pay-to-Play Tournament – These are entry-fee events, held throughout the year, for each of the three skill levels above;
  • Power Ranking – To fill out the 64 team field, the remaining teams will be chosen from those that have accumulated the most Power Ranking Points (PRP) based on UBO event participation. Win or lose, playing in UBO events will earn each team PRPs that accumulate throughout the calendar year. Participation in free and pay-to-play events earn teams the valuable points necessary to receive their “Best of UBO 2007” invitation.

Members of the winning team in the Best of UBO 2007 Tournament will split a $4,500 cash prize. The second place team will take home $2,250, and third place will receive $1,125. Additional cash prizes will be paid to teams finishing through eighth place.

The Most Valuable Player of the Best of UBO 2007 tournament series will be selected by popular vote of all UBO members, and will receive a $200 cash award plus a virtual trophy for that player’s Trophy Room.

Participants can play individually, or join a team and participate in a variety of competitive events. Gamers create their own characters and build their skill level (player stats) through successful play on the field against other real human players. Unlike current video games that aim to simulate professional sports, UBO delivers a first-person perspective of a character, created and developed by the player, interacting online in real-time with teammates and opponents.

Darrell Evans, a two-time Major League All-Star ('73 & '83) and World Series champion (1984), serves as UBO’s Baseball Ambassador. "Ultimate Baseball Online really does capture the feeling of being a member of a team,” said Evans. “Video games are usually a solitary experience. UBO gives players a great appreciation for the nuances of each position, as well as an understanding of the teamwork that is involved in playing the sport of baseball successfully. And best of all, as an online game with four virtual seasons per year, you can play competitive baseball year round.”

For more information about Ultimate Baseball Online visit www.ultimatebaseballonline.com

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