Indie developer Unknown Worlds doesn't have the kind of resources that studios like Blizzard, Riot Games and Valve have leveraged to position their titles at the forefront of eSports, but their acclaimed first person shooter Natural Selection 2 does have a loyal fanbase that still wants to see it happen. So much so, that members of the NS2 community pitched an idea to run an international tournament for the game, and earned the developer's approval and support.
The Natural Selection 2 World Championship is being spearheaded by three prominent members of the NS2 community, and aims to commence as an international ladder "towards the end of 2013", and culminate in bringing the top four teams together for a showdown spectacular in Cologne Germany.
Unknown Worlds has reportedly committed to sponsoring the venue (planned as the ESLTV studio in Cologne) and front-page placement on popular video streaming service Twitch.tv, however in order to afford flights and accommodation for the representative players, the community organisers have turned to crowdfunding, looking to raise US$30,000 to cover the gap.
An excited blog
from UWE spokesman Hugh Jeremy describes how the concept all game about, from the studio's perspective:
As a game developer, our primary business concern must always be to create great games. The emotion generated by our bond with the Natural Selection 2 player community must always be kept in check: If we aren’t careful, we will end up happily spending all our money – and more importantly, time – doing fun stuff like making Gorge plushies, throwing tournaments, and partying with fans at shows. The end result of such behaviour? We can’t create games to our full potential, and you all receive sub-par games.
But what do you do when players present you with a plan that is so stunningly ambitious, it reminds you of why you create games in the first place? A plan that is not about making games, but celebrating games. An expensive plan. A brilliant plan. An impossible plan. A plan that can bring players together not just across countries and communities, but across the entire planet. A plan for a Natural Selection 2 World Championship.
For more details, and to contribute to the hopeful Natural Selection 2 World Championship, head over to the official website
, and check out the promotional clip below.