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Award-winning game developer and publisher, Wargaming today announced the opening of registration for the upcoming International Ural Steel Championship 2012 for its MMO action game World of Tanks. Registration had begun on 17 July and will remain open till 31 July 2012.

“World of Tanks has become a global eSport discipline,” said Victor Kislyi, Wargaming
CEO. "The game is turning into a massive communication platform that merges together
gaming communities of different countries and regions. We'll continue to encourage and support
eSport events like Ural Steel in the future, providing attractive prizes and contributing our skills
and knowledge to make these events even more exciting.”

The championship will set 16 teams of hardcore World of Tanks gamers from America, Europe, Russia, China and South East Asia against each other on six battle maps for the right to be called the best virtual tankers of the year and a winner's prize of US $77,000.

The Grand Finals will be held at USH CSKA in Moscow, Russia on the 15 & 16 September 2012.

The first Ural Steel Championship was held last year, gathering more than 20,000 players from about 30 countries. The tournament is organized by Wargaming in partnership with the Russian Cyber-sport Federation and powered by UralVagonZavod, the largest scientific and industrial complexes in Russia who are also the largest Main Battle Tank manufacturer in the world.

Register for Ural Steel 2012 SEA Qualifiers at http://worldoftanks-sea.com/uc/tournaments/6-Ural_Steel_2012_SEA_Qualifiers/

Find out more about World of Tanks here.