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Press Release   •   Feb 18, 2016 14:00 GMT

ArenaNet makes history this weekend with the first ESL Pro competition for an MMO and the richest purse ever for Guild Wars 2

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Feb. 18, 2016: ArenaNet™, publisher and developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, is hosting the inaugural Guild Wars 2 Pro League Finals, the first-ever ESL Pro competition for an MMO. This weekend, four teams of finalists from North America and Europe will face off in a clash for cash and notoriety, and make history in the process by taking MMO competitions to the next level. Teams will vie for their share of the $100,000 purse, one of the richest offered for an ESL Pro tournament and the largest cash prize ever for Guild Wars 2. The event could chart a new course for elite level MMO competition, giving world-class MMO players their eSports platform and the opportunity for big earnings in a field currently dominated by MOBA and FPS games.

The Guild Wars 2® Pro League Finals are scheduled to take place at 16:00 GMT (17:00 CET) this Saturday, 20th February, at ESL’s brand new studio in Leicester, UK. The event will be livestreamed on ESL’s main Twitch channel as well as the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel ( Viewers will have a chance to win prizes throughout the day including giveaways of products from ArenaNet’s partners on the event, Sennheiser and Corsair.

The official Guild Wars 2 Pro League website ( just launched; it’s where fans can learn everything they need to know about tournament play and follow their favourite elite players and teams. The finalists competing for the title of Season Champion on Saturday include Rank Fifty Five Dragons and Vermillion from Europe, and Team PZ and the Abjured from North America. Rank Fifty Five Dragons and Vermillion fought off Pro League favorites Team Orange Logo and The Civilized Gentlemen in Europe, while Team PZ narrowly secured a second-place spot behind the undefeated team The Abjured in North America. With a new meta, new builds, new team compositions, and new tournament rules in effect, the stage is set for nail-biting matches.

ArenaNet has set the stage for current and future elite players to move up the ranks with the launch of the in-game PvP Leagues system late last year. PvP Leagues offers aspiring competitive players a system designed to encourage players to develop the right skillsets for high level competition. The next PvP league season for all Guild Wars 2 players begins on Tuesday, 23rd February; the highest ranked teams will be invited to a challenger cup to fight for a chance to claim their portion of a $200,000 USD prize pool in the ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League next season.

For more information about the ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League, or to learn more about the teams in the season one finals, visit the Guild Wars 2 Pro League website (

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About Guild Wars® 2

Guild Wars 2 is a visually stunning MMO, a living world that offers players the epic grandeur of a massive role playing environment combined with innovative combat mechanics, dynamic events and customized personal storytelling, as well as fast-paced competitive play with team-based PvP and massive World vs. World battles. Building on the success of Guild Wars, ArenaNet™ has created an MMO that lets gamers play the way they want, while at the same time retaining the no-subscription-fee business model that made the originalGuild Wars so popular. For more details, please visit .