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Guild Wars World Championship 2006

$100,000 in Cash Prizes!
Travel to an Exciting Destination!
(Not to mention Fame and Glory!)

Update: 1 January 2006

Congratulations to the 12 top guilds in each region as of Midnight Pacific (8:00 a.m. GMT) January 1st! You have won an invitation to the Guild Wars World Championship Regional Playoffs! Here are the steps that the top twelve (12) Guilds from each Region need to follow in order to confirm qualification and verify eligibility for the Guild Wars World Championship.

The Guild Roster:

  • The top 12 guilds in each region that can field a team of eligible players are invited to participate in the Guild Wars World Championship Regional Playoffs.
  • Guilds qualifying for the Regional Playoffs must provide a Tournament Roster to ArenaNet via email by Midnight Pacific (08:00 a.m. GMT) January 2, 2006. The roster must include the following information for eight players and up to two alternates: Guild name and acronym, and each player's full name, mailing address, birth date, telephone number, email address, and a single account (user) name (not character name).
  • The address to which you can send your roster is: [email protected].

The Individual Player's Proof of Eligibility:

  • Each player, or the guild master on behalf of the player, must submit proof of possession of a passport and satisfaction of other requirements for entering the country.
  • Proof can be sent in the form of a photocopy, fax, or scanned image of a passport.
  • Proof must be sent to ArenaNet by expedited mail, fax, or scanned image on or before Midnight Pacific (08:00 a.m. GMT) on January 4, 2006. Proof should include a transmittal form, cover letter, or email that includes the player's full name, the player's guild name, along with the player's mailing address, birth date, telephone number, email address, and the same single account (user) name submitted on the Guild Roster.
  • The address to which you may send emails with the scanned image(s) is: [email protected]
  • The fax number is: 425-671-0589 (please precede that number with International Dialing Codes, if necessary)
  • The mailing address is:

    Attention: Tournament Team
    10020 Main St, #164
    Bellevue, WA 98004

Other Eligibility Proofs:

  • Other eligibility requirements must be met later, including the transmittal of notarized parental permission for players age 16 and 17. All players will be asked to submit other appropriate legal forms as mentioned in the Guild Wars World Championship Rules. Such matters will be undertaken after the first level of eligibility processing mentioned above.
  • We will assist qualified GWWC Finalists to obtain a visa to travel to Taiwan, should they require assistance.

For More Information:

If you have questions, please address them to The Tournament Team at ArenaNet at the following email address: [email protected]. We will respond as quickly as possible.

NCsoft and ArenaNet are pleased to announce the Guild Wars World Championship. All Guild Wars players are invited to participate! To do so, simply form a guild and join in Rated Guild-versus-Guild matches on the Guild Wars Ladder.

The qualifying season began at Midnight Pacific Daylight Time (7:00 AM GMT) on Saturday, October 1st, as ArenaNet reset the Guild Wars ladder. The ladder season will last three months, and will lead to playoffs among top-ranked guilds in three regions: America, Europe, and Korea. Twelve guilds from each region will participate in the Guild Wars Regional Playoffs, which will take place January 7 January 14, 2006. The top two guilds in each region the Regional Playoff Champion and 1st Runner-Up will then send an eight-player team to battle for Guild Wars world supremacy in Taipei, Taiwan, during the week of the Taipei Game Show, which is scheduled to take place February 16 20, 2006.

ArenaNet will provide cash prizes for the winning guilds of the Guild Wars World Championship, which will be divided pro rata to their players, as follows:

1st Place: $50,000
2nd Place: $25,000
3rd Place: $10,000
4th Place: $10,000
5th Place: $2,500
6th Place: $2,500

Event Schedule

About the Event

Guild Wars will be released in Taiwan and in Japan just prior to the championship event, and in celebration of the releases, we've selected Taipei as the location for the first Guild Wars World Championship. The event will include the crowning of the Guild Wars World Champion, and in addition will also feature exhibition matches with teams from Taiwan and Japan. It will be a truly international event that will reflect the global nature of Guild Wars and of the Guild Wars community!

For information about game updates made in conjunction with the Guild Wars World Championship announcement, please see this page.

About Taipei

Ladder Season: 08:00 (a.m.) GMT, October 1, 2005 until 08:00 (a.m.) GMT, January 1, 2006
Guild Lockdown: December 5, 2005
24-hour Grace Period for Final Guild List 08:00 (a.m.) GMT December 17, 2005 to 08:00 (a.m.) GMT December 18, 2005
Tournament Roster Complete: January 2, 2006
Travel Verification Complete: January 5, 2006
Regional Playoffs: January 7-14, 2006
Revised Roster Complete: 08:00 (a.m.) GMT on Tuesday, January 17, 2006
WC Paperwork Complete: 08:00 (a.m.) GMT on Monday, January 23, 2006
Guild Wars World Championship: February 16-19, 2006
Taipei 101
World's Tallest Building

Taiwan is a solitary island off the coast of Mainland China, on the western edge of the Pacific "Rim of Fire." Taiwan's landscape features majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, rugged coastlines, and other wonders. A land of great natural beauty, the small island is home to 6 national parks and 12 national scenic areas and has climates ranging from temperate to tropical. There are nearly 20,000 species of wildlife on the island, and more than 20% are Rare or Endangered Species.

The cultural aspects in Taiwan are a delighted blending of Hakka, Taiwanese, and mainland Chinese cultures. These lend a fascinating cultural and social color to everything from architecture to language to food.

We look forward to the Guild Wars World Championship, and who knows? We may be hosting your guild in Taipei in 2006!

Row of Buddha Statues   Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

Eligibility Note

At the present time, all guilds on the Guild Wars Ladder are eligible for participation in the Guild Wars World Championship, excepting those guilds whose membership includes employees of NCsoft or ArenaNet or their family members. Such guilds are ineligible. A list of ineligible guilds can be found here.

More Fine Print (sort of like legal Castor Oil)

This is a tournament of skill; this is not a game of chance. Therefore, there are no odds of winning. All Guild Wars account holders from October 1 through December 31 2005, who are members or guests of a qualified guild and who play rated ladder games, will be automatically entered into the Guild Wars Ladder Season, the top eligible guilds of which will qualify for the tournament. To be eligible to compete and receive prizes, players must be 18 or older; able to travel without restriction to Taipei, Taiwan under valid passport; return declaration of eligibility and liability/publicity release and waiver within 10 days upon request; comply at all times with full contest rules; not be an employee or contractor of NCsoft, ArenaNet, a subsidiary or affiliate or their advertising or promotion agencies or be domiciled with them; submit to verification of eligibility upon request; not be disqualified from tournament. Guilds participating in regional playoffs on-line and world championship in Taipei will be those ranked at top of ladder at end of ladder season, which begins 0700 GMT October 1, 2005, and ends 0800 GMT January 1, 2006, which must be comprised of eligible members, a majority of whom are legal residents of region. Transportation and accommodations provided for up to 8 members of regional online winner to Taipei, Taiwan from nearest major metro airport approved by ArenaNet. ArenaNet may disqualify guilds or any of their members or may change the rules, format or delivery of tournament or ladder, or may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend all or a portion thereof to prevent violation of terms of service, failure to comply with rules, ladder abuse, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or to maintain security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct. ArenaNet and NCsoft assume no liability for error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications failure, theft or destruction, unauthorized access, or malfunction of servers, providers, computer equipment or software, or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's software or computer. Any attempt to deliberately damage or undermine the legitimate operation of tournament is a violation of criminal and civil laws and ArenaNet and NCsoft reserve right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. Travel to Taipei involves risks inherent in foreign travel, including the possibility of sickness, injury or death to person and damage or loss of property, for which ArenaNet and NCsoft assume no liability. All taxes on travel, hotel, or any winnings are sole responsibility of contestant. These abbreviated rules may be supplemented or superceded by full tournament rules at any time. Contest void where restricted, taxed or prohibited by law.


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