The World Series of Video Games, the first international video game competition circuit for multiple game platforms, will be host to several Guitar Hero 2 competitions over the course of the year. The WSVG will be providing up to $80,000 in cash and travel expenses for performers in this year's circuit.
This year's first stop will be this weekend, June 21st-24th, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Information on the stops is as follows:
June 21st-24th – Louisville, Kentucky @ Kentucky Exposition Center: $11,500 in Cash and Travel
July 5th-8th – Dallas, Texas @ Gaylord Texan: Resort Hotel and Convention Center: $11,500 in Cash and Travel
October 18th-21st – Los Angeles, California @ E For All – LA Convention Center: $11,500 in Cash and Travel
October – Europe – TBA: $7,500 in Cash and Travel
November 29th-December 2nd – GRAND FINALS – Jönköping, Sweden @ Dreamhack – $37,000 in Cash and Travel
Contestants will perform a song of their choosing at a difficulty level they are comfortable with. Each performer will perform their song in front of 3 judges. At the end of each performance each judge will award a score of 1.0-10.0, reflecting stage presence, difficulty of performance and accuracy. All 3 scores will be added together to produce a final score adding up to a possible 30.0.
Each judge has a specific area of expertise:
1. The Celebrity Judge will rate performers based on their Stage Presence. The ability to work a crowd, put together a unique and thought-out set, and look the part of a rock star all play into the Stage Presence score.
2. The Industry Judge (writer/DJ) will rate the Difficulty of Performance. This includes the difficulty level chosen, how hard the song is, and the different strumming or whammy bar techniques utilized.
3. The Gamer Judge will analyze the Accuracy of Performance. The players who score highest will excel in this category, and the areas where players make mistakes will be taken into account. For example, missing a note during a difficult solo will be penalized differently than missing the first note of the song.
Players looking to register for each of the events, including this weekend's fast approaching Louisville event, can be done on the official website at www.theWSVG.com. The official tournament rules page can be accessed here and a full prize listing can be accessed at here.