Ubisoft announced via their blog that they are joining forces with the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) to bring you the first every Just Dance World Cup. That’s right, this will be the first-ever casual game to join the lineup of the ESWC. This means that Just Dance has just become an eSport.
All around, this is good news for the gaming community because it expands not only the games considered for eSports, but also the genres. Just Dance will bring in gamers that love their rhythm and are willing to compete on a national stage. Here is what the founder of the ESWC, Matthieu Dallon, had to say about the union with Ubisoft:
For the 11th edition of the ESWC, we are very proud to widen the definition of eSport with Ubisoft. Competitive gaming has to welcome all kind of players, has to be developed in partnership with the games publishers, and has to showcase the most advanced technologies which link the body to the game. Just Dance is for ESWC the perfect medium to reach those goals
So how exactly will people be able to participate in this new Just Dance World Cup? There will be several ways to enter that include qualification tournaments, personal videos, and scheduled in-game events that run from July to September. Here are some of the specifics:
1. World Dance Floor – Hop on the World Dance Floor, where you’ll be able to compete against other players from around the globe. Qualifying sessions are scheduled for July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 31, September 7, September 14 and September 21, so mark your calendars.
2. Just Dance TV – Submit your best moves through the in-game Autodance feature.
3. ESWC Qualifier Events and Ubisoft Events – Compete in-person at specific events, which will be detailed at a later date.
Overall, this is an exciting event as eSports have been gaining more recognition and respect (albeit little by little) as time goes on. It is good to see that developers and producers are beginning to work with event organizer to help make the eSports community grow.
Source: Ubisoft Blog