Wizard World Tapped as Exclusive Amateur Tour for TEKKEN 7 by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Featured Throughout 2016
Tournament, Free-Play For Hugely Popular Fighting Game Franchise From BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Set For Wizard World Gaming Portland, February 19-21; Only Touring Event To Feature TEKKEN 7 In North America
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., February 5, 2016 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announces that the arcade version of TEKKEN 7, the latest chapter of the popular fighting game franchise published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., will be featured at Wizard World comic con, pop culture and gaming conventions throughout 2016.
Fans attending Wizard World Portland will have a thrilling opportunity to play TEKKEN 7 at a touring event in North America in 2016. The TEKKEN franchise has garnered a passionate and loyal following in North America and we’re enabling these fans to experience TEKKEN 7 starting in Portland. There, attendees will enjoy both free-play and a sanctioned tournament during the event that is taking place February 19-21 at the Oregon Convention Center.
“Gamers are anxious to get to play the next chapter of the famed TEKKEN franchise, and we couldn’t be more pleased that Wizard World is one of the few venues across North America where fans play it,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “It is an early payoff for our attendees of Wizard World’s partnership with such a prominent name in gaming as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment.”
“The BANDAI NAMCO gaming area at Wizard World New Orleans was a big hit, and we have a lot more surprises and activities planned throughout the year,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “We’re excited to take TEKKEN 7 on the road to enable fans across the United States to experience first hand the incredible fighting action of TEKKEN 7!”
As previously announced; BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the Official Anime Entertainment Partner for the 2016 Wizard World comic con and gaming tours, bringing BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment games to fans throughout the country.
TEKKEN 7 will be one of the marquee titles that BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America will have featured at Wizard World events all year. The gaming leader’s presence at Wizard World shows will be even greater in 10 key markets that will feature major gaming activations and an eSports tournament streaming stage (www.wizardworldgaming.com): Portland, Ore. (Feb. 19-21); St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5); Sacramento, Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando, Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago (August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (November 4-6).
Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, anime, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 2016 Tour schedule is currently comprised of events in major cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Cleveland and others.
About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com or www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS
About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
The 2016 Wizard World Comic Con schedule is available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.