How it works
There has been some confusion about the intentions and mechanics of the Battlefield 1942 Official National Championship tournament. First, of course, we suggest you peruse the rules to get an idea of the terms and organization. The top part may seem a little intimidating, but once you read down past that it gets easy.
First things first though: this tournament is for everybody. Whether you have a dozen hardcore BF1942 clanmates, or if BF1942 is just a game you play with some friends from home or a webcafe, this is for you. Remember, the game is new, there are no pros for it. No teams like Schroet Kommando and Clan Kapitol dominate BF1942 since there havenít been any major tournaments.
Sign-ups have started for the pre-qualifier, the optional practice and eastern on-line qualifiers. The only cost involved is a $15 registration fee, but in return, all paid participants will receive a free 12-month subscription to Computer Gaming World, courtesy of Ziff-Davis. Considering the subscription costs $24.97 and registration is only $15, you do the math!
All game centers can have up to two teams Ė one for East, one for West. If more than two teams register, these will have it out in a pre-qualifying round that commences on March 7th (better hurry with those sign-ups, kids!) The pre-qualifier will be followed by an optional practice on March 11th.
The real competition starts on March 18th, with the Eastern Online Qualifying tournament, with teams competing from within iGames centers, online against other teams from an iGames center. March 27th will mark the start of the Western Online Qualifying tournament, which follows the same rules as the previous.
May 3rd & 4th will see the commencement of the Regional Tournament, in which teams will play each other on a LAN at the game centers, as opposed to playing across the internet in iGames centers.
Finally, the National Championships will feature the top 2 teams from the East and West Regional, and top 2 East and West Qualifying tournaments.