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'RTCW' Battle on the Beachhead Announced

by Rainier on Jan. 21, 2002 @ 7:23 p.m. PST

Activision, Inc. and id Software have teamed up with the Online Gaming League to host the Return to Castle Wolfenstein "Battle on the Beachhead" tournament. Gamers from across North America will hit the front lines and battle for world domination and exciting prizes including the Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Game Boy Advance and hundreds of popular games. The tournament will run from January 29 through March 12, 2002 at, on the Speakeasy Network, home of the largest broadband gaming community and the official ISP of the OGL.

To register for a chance to compete in the "Battle on the Beachhead" tournament, captains can sign-up their eight-person team at between January 22 and January 28, 2002. The OGL will choose a total of 64 teams throughout the week. All entrants will be eligible to win daily door prizes that will be awarded through random drawings during registration.

During the tournament, players will be pit against one another in an Axis vs. Allies battle against time. Each map will include a set number of mission objectives that must be completed as quickly as possible. Teams will play four rounds, both as the attacker and the defender and the team that wins the most matches will advance to the next bracket. The tournament finals will be held on March 12, 2002.

Prizes will be awarded to each member of the top three winning teams and include the following prizes for each team member: Grand Prize -Nintendo GameCube(tm), a copy of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater(tm) 3 and a dedicated port on a Return to Castle Wolfenstein game server with administrative access for one year from Speakeasy; Second Place - a Game Boy® Advance hand-held video game system and copies of DOOM© and Commander Keen©; Third Place - A collection of Activision's award-winning PC titles. A complete list of tournament rules and prizes can be found at

Anyone not on the front lines can track the action by going to or View ladders, schedules and statistics and even experience live broadcasts of matches in progress.

Developed by Gray Matter Studios, Return to Castle Wolfenstein plunges players into a maelstrom of action, espionage and mayhem, as an American soldier tasked with single-handedly stopping the darkest plans of the Third Reich. Throughout the game, players will be locked in combat with waves of Nazi storm troopers, undead Teutonic knights and the twisted products of genetic experimentation. In addition to an action-packed story-driven single-player experience, Return to Castle Wolfenstein's multiplayer mode enlists gamers to hone their tactical skills in a series of combat scenarios. Gamers will join the fight as an axis or ally soldier and be challenged to intense, realistic campaigns like storming beachheads, infiltrating military installations, holding strategic positions, and more. Developed by Nerve Software, the online component features multiple objectives spanning a variety of maps, including an Allied airbase, a war-torn German village and a secret Nazi laboratory.

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