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Qualifying Teams Will Compete at the Summer Cup Held During “ChinaJoy 2016” in Beijing

Seattle, WA – April 23, 2016 – Studio Wildcard, the dev team that created the smash hit ARK: Survival Evolved, unveiled today the first-ever ARK: Survival of the Fittest international competition. Team leaders can register at between Sunday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 10, then grab their teammates to start competing in the ultimate dinosaur survivor slaughter fest. More than $40,000 in cash is up for grabs at the offline Season One Summer Cup Tournament taking place in Beijing during China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy 2016) from

Skilled players can compete in the “6v6 Tournament Mode” in May and June (7 teams each month), with the 14 highest-rated registered teams receiving invitations to an online Semi Final match on July 1, 2016. The top five International teams from the Semi Final will then advance to the official Summer Cup, traveling to Beijing’s ChinaJoy 2016 to play against qualified local Chinese teams. The ongoing “Survival League” rankings for all elite titles in ARK: Survival of the Fittest are visible in real-time on at launch.

Available now on Steam Early Access, ARK: Survival of the Fittest is a free, standalone, multiplayer online survival arena (M.O.S.A.) game that pits as many as 72 combatants against one another in spontaneous Hunger Games-style competitions within a closed battlefield.

Built for the burgeoning wild west of eSports competition, ARK: SotF challenges gamers to fight each other and the Jurassic environment that players loved in ARK: Survival Evolved. Rather than exploring a huge open-world, this newly refactored game pits competitive players in an epic dinosaur survival arena with a continually shrinking “ring of death” where only one “Tribe” will make it out alive.

Balanced for intense competition, Survival of the Fittest contestants begin in a neutral staging area where they can communicate pre-game, strategize, or talk trash. After a count-down, they dramatically descend from the sky onto the ARK in a circular formation via beams of light. There is a cache of valuable items in the center – do survivors dash for the goods and fight it out, do they run into the forest and hide, search for Dinosaurs to rapidly build their army, or do they freeze up from the sheer terror of death? The continually shrinking arena boundaries force contestants ever closer together over time. The hunt is on!

To join in the battle, journey over to the Steam page for detailed feature list and weekly reveals of new dinosaur dossiers, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, subscribe to us on YouTube, visit the website at and watch us tame and train leviathan dinosaurs on Twitch.TV.

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Studio Wildcard was co-founded in 2014 by Jesse Rapczak, former Technical Art Director at Microsoft Game Studios, with the mission of bringing AAA quality to ambitious indie productions that are designed for core gamers. With 12 years of industry experience across multiple independent and studio-backed titles, Jesse has teamed up with other veteran developers for a Seattle, WA-based development studio that also includes distributed team members across multiple continents. Wherever talented, driven developers may reside, Studio Wildcard intends to seek out and work with them!

Instinct Games is Egypt’s leading game development studio. Started in 2011 by former Timeline Interactive co-founders, the Instinct Games team develops and produces video games on all major platforms utilizing its competent technical team. Its mission is to collaborate with world class partners to foster Egypt’s video game development ecosystem and set a precedent of high quality, low cost, entertaining indie games with worldwide appeal.

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